- Year of Birth
Gilford, NH 03249
- Short Bio
Diagnosed with early stages of suspected pulmonary fibrosis in July 2020. I am 80 years old and continue to remain quite active. I walk about two miles/day, ski, sail, exercise regularly at local gym. Suspected to have sleep apnea, but I question this as I do not have any symptoms of OSA. I use a CPAP machine at the suggestion of a pulmonologist while sleeping at night. Have been on this since February 2021. Have not seen any real benefit from this. I use the CPAP device about 6.5 hours per night. My AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index) averages 1.3 since since starting with CPAP machine. Anything below 5 is considered normal My score averages about 94/95 out of 100. My oxygen levels are on the low side : 92- 95. these seem to vary every day, sometimes starting at 88 and going to 97. Heartbeat goes from 62 at rest to 85 with exercise.
Overall I feel quite good, but do find that I do experience shortness of breath when hiking/ going up inclines. Once I get back to moving on level ground I no longer have any shortness of breath. Ten years ago I was hiking to over 18,000 feet in the Himalayas in Nepal and in the Andes of Peru. I could not come close to reaching these heights today. Going up inclines is a challenge. Some of this may be due to the aging process; however, I believe that there is something more than this going on. Overall my health is good and it has always been so. I take two medications – Protonix and atorvastatin plus several vitamins.
- Type of Diagnosis
- Treatment / Medical Facility
lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH
- Current medication regimen
Protonix 40mg 2x/day, atorvastatin 20 mg once /day, plus vitamins lutein, , vit E, baby aspirin, bilberry, calcium 1200 mg + D3 1000 IU.
- Lung transplantation status
- Supplemental Oxygen
- Are you currently taking an anti-fibrotic medication?
- How did you find us?
- How long have you or the person that you are caring for had PF?
10 months since diagnosis. Believe this may have started in December 2018.