Friday, March 20, 2009

The Latest on Husband's Health

Another quick update about my husband's health. He has been struggling to quit smoking since my last update. He has been using the nicotine patch and still will sneak a few cigarettes. Today he said he only had one.

But today he got a prescription for Chantix, which is a pill that is supposed to be very affective in quitting. I know some people who have had success with it. He actually received it for free through a program he go into. So that is also cool, since it costs like $130.00 for a months prescription.

In order to get it free he had to see another doctor. This doctor said she was sceptical about the COPD diagnosis. She said he doesn't have that and if he did they wouldn't have put him on this particular inhaler he his on. She said they would have put him on one that is different for COPD. I think the original doctor may have over embellished my husband's diagnosis.

Anyway, one way or the other, he should and will do his best to try to quit smoking. Since he doesn't want it to develop in any way into COPD.

7 comments:

  1. hope your hubby will be fine after all....

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  2. I am sending my best wishing that he doesn't have COPD and that he is able to quit smoking with this pill.

    I will say, though, that my Dad is on more asthma type medications and inhalers than COPD medications and inhalers, but he does infact have COPD. Sometimes asthma inhalers work better for COPD patients. So, I would say to not put COPD out of your mind completely. It may not be, and I pray for that, but it still could be. An inhaler shouldn't base your new doctor's decision. Pretty much, from what I have seen with my Dad, COPD patients take whatevery helps them breathe and sometimes that is asthma medications and inhalers.

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  3. I've heard that Chantix does wonders for long-time smokers. I, am not a smoker, but I come from a family of them. I wish your hubby lots of luck and health!

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  4. I wonder where all these doctors go to school. Okay I have issues with Doctors moving on
    I hope you husbands condition improves and that he is able to quite smoking soon.
    It is tough living with someone who is cranky for nicotine add the worry about his health and 3 kids to the picture whew, the point I am trying to make is don't forget to take some time for yourself!

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  5. It would be great if he didn't have it! I hope the Chantix works for him!!!!

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  6. Hi Sue,
    I hope your husband's health improves and that he can quit smoking. It is not easy to do, but it is so worth trying. I had a hard time with drinking less soda. I am doing good now and drink more water. Positive thinking has helped me out on things.

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  7. I hope your hubby is feeling better.

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