Asbestosis

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demo
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Asbestosis

Post by demo » Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:56 pm

Last Tuesday I was admitted to hospital here in Naval Biliran.
At first I thought I was having chest pains from my previous heart attack three years ago.
Upon arrival at the hospital they did all sorts of tests including an ECG.
Nothing showed up there so they delved deeper into my history and then found out that I was diagnosed with Asbestosis in 2002
After hearing this they did an x-ray which did show the Asbestosis.
I was complaining about pains when ever I took a deep breath, sneezed, coughed or even hiccupped.
They gave me a strong pain killer injection and that did slow down the pain somewhat.
I was to stay in hospital for another two days until my breathing returned to normal and minimal pain .
I have the linings of the lungs thickening so much that they do not expand to well now.
I have heard of past shipmates who have died from this disease, can any one enlighten me as to what the time length left might be and what to look forward to in the future.
I am getting these pains whenever I breath deeply, sneeze or even hiccup.
Thanks in advance

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Joe » Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:05 pm

Not good news demo.
Many of us were exposed to asbestos. I remember preparing some pipes in the Pay Office storeroom on HMAS Sydney for painting ready for Admirals Inspection. They had asbestos lagging. We were fully dressed in sandals and shorts. Did the job with wire brushes and ended up looking like lamingtons!
I know I have lung prroblems but certainly not like yours. Fingers crossed someone can provide some advice to assist.
Try and stay calm and shallow breathe to ease the pain. Thinking of you demo wish I could offer more.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by demo » Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:46 am

Thanks Joe,
I still have the pain, I suppose it will never go away only get worse as time goes on.
I have read a bit about it and not good news at all.
I was in the Brickies party on the Melbourne and we used to have to play with the powder all the time making lagging for the steam joints. Yes, we did come out looking like Casper the Ghost. No protection at all from any one.
Like you I was fully dressed as well, Overalls and boots.
It is hard to tell what the pain is, is it a heart attack or Asbestosis.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Joe » Sat Jun 26, 2021 11:55 pm

Hard to judge like so many health problems. Big question is how good the medical system is over there. Even if it is quite good make sure you get a second opinion.
I visited a top dollar heart specialist in Sydney for over 4 years. His last comment to me before I moved was that I had no problems and a brilliant heart.
Local GP didn"t like my breathing and sent me to a specialist down here. Resulted in two stents in my veins. One had a 60% blockage and the other 95%. Should be dead!
Anyway make sure you check everything you can. Good luck.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by demo » Sun Jun 27, 2021 10:46 am

As you say Joe, get a second opinion, there is only the one hospital here, the next nearest one is 140 KS away.
There are no Lung specialists in town either, I have to travel that far to see one and then it it first in first served. They do not make appointments here at all. Even if you ring ahead to tell them it is still as on come basis. They do not believe in making appointments. The state of the hospital here in Naval was deplorable to say the least, you go there because you are sick but come out feeling worse, so to speak.
If they allow cats, the four legged kind to roam the corridors you get my meaning.
I think that the next time I go there will be in a pine box.
I will be seeing my local Dr on Monday morning to see why he says.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Joe » Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:33 am

Jesus mate .. maybe you should make a trip back to Oz. But .. probs with that as well. You'd have trouble getting back here because of covid restrictions.
See what your local Doc has to say.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by demo » Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:24 am

Nah,
It would cost too much to go there and back buddy. Besides that I would have to find a place to stay and that costs money again. I will be seeing my Dr today to see what he says.
To tell the truth I don't know whether it is my heart or my Asbestosis that is causing the pain.
Even my heart specialist is 140KS' away.
As you say, with the Covid restrictions I might not be allowed back home here again.
I will take my chances here.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Joe » Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:30 pm

👍💪 Chookas mate

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Joe » Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:24 am

Well Demo it is now Friday. What did your Dr say to you on Monday?
Maybe it was good news and you have been too (maybe) pissed to pass on the good news or you are still hiding under the bed trying to escape the bad news.
Meremba mate no matter which way it goes 'life is life'.
We can only enjoy that gift while we have it. If the farewell date is written up on the noticeboard you have time to make plans and share every part of your brilliant life before you go. Loads better than walking out the front door and having a tree drop on you!
Stay strong and battle on. Remember there are over 300 Gun Plotters rooting for you even though they are too brain dead and generally incapicated to leave you a message.

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Re: Asbestosis

Post by Blue » Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:57 pm

Sorry to hear your news demo. Hope your condition has improved mate. Have you seen your local GP yet?

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