Last Friday I went up to Tripler for a PET/CT scan. The doc wanted a good view of my lungs. I’d had one done in June after my COPD hospitalization in May, and he wanted to check something he’d seen there. I went back today for a follow-up, and whatever it was has gone away (he thinks it was residual inflammation of the lung tissue left over from the May exacerbation), so he’s happy, as am I. I’m one of those lucky people who takes well to the broncho-dilators; my ability to expel air goes up about 15% after using one. He told me to continue using them and come back to see him in a year unless something untoward happens.

I always like it when doctors tell me they don’t need to see me for a year. It inspires confidence.