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    Friend having BT in 9 days
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    THayward1953 posted:
    My friend is 81 with advanced asthma and COPD. She is scheduled for her 1st BT in 9 days and is very anxious and apprehensive about the whole thing. Is there anything anyone could suggest to prepare her for this procedure?

    Also, is there any other board or chat room where this is discussed?

    Thank you.
     
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    cwille responded:
    hi, the procedure itself isn't that bad, for me it was after. My asthma is severe cough variant type so for me when I woke up I couldn't stop coughing. Like everything it all depends on the person. From all my research it helps a lot of people. I am on a forum called mdjunction. it is a real good website that has a whole lot of forums, I am on the asthma forum and myasthenia gravis forum (muscle disease) but there is a lot of other forums also , it is a good place to just ask questions , vent, see what other people are doing or went through. The web site is mdjunction.com. Good luck and GOD BLESS.
     
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    An_266100 replied to cwille's response:
    What does this procedure involve?
     
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    cwille replied to An_266100's response:
    There are 3 procedures, for me it was the lower right lung first than after awhile it was the lower left lung than the top of both lungs, it is done on an outpatient surgery. I was told about a month apart for each procedure. It is like have a bronchoscopy, except when they go in they I want to say burn the bronchialtubes to make them wider. It is best to go on google and do a search on bronchial thermoplasty. For me because I have other issues , I had difficulty when I woke up I started to cough and couldn't stop, so I stayed about a week in the hospital each time, again I have other problems that is not the norm. From what I have read people usually do well with it. It doesn't hurt but everybody is different. For me the procedure hasn't worked, I still have problems with the coughing and asthma, but it was a chance for me worth taking. I hope it works out for your friend. Good luck.
     
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    GIV3N2FLY replied to cwille's response:
    Cwille- Can you identify anything in particular that would have made the procedure ineffective for you?


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