I just found this site yesterday and was looking at all that was here. I like the Q & A. I have been diagnosed with COPD in 2015 and was tested in 2016 after another hospital admittance. However, I recovered so quickly from this and other hospital stays that I did not take it to seriously. I just had another hospital stay in Nov of 2018 that was much more serious and was giving me abnormal readings on EKGs. Now I am going to a cardiologist and have taken the first part of a stress test that was resting and tomorrow I go for the active one. I am stressed about the stress test. I want to learn as much as I can and how to better take care of myself, but admit that the impact of finally having this COPD disease sink in is shaking me up a lot. I haven't recovered as quickly this hospital stay 5 days and then readmitted for another 4 days and I am finding I lose my breath much quicker and can't do all that I was use to doing. I am grateful to all who post, it helps me learn, I have read a number of them. I tried posting about being the caretaker for my spouse for the last several years and it is worrying me how I am going to deal with this. He is no help at all and even though he has family close by they are not helpful and all work and are busy. I will just keep reading and possibly I will get my answers Thanks.