He thinks I've had it for at least a year, which is good really, since I just now started to show symptoms. It means I might be on a slow track. He also told me about an 18 month double blind drug study with a new experimental drug. All the tests etc are free. There are 163 people in each group . Two out of three people will get the drug. The third person will get a placebo. I have some time to make up my mind if I want to see if I qualify. The drugs that are on the market now are $30,000 a year. If I wasn't so scared I would be laughing...who has $30,000 a year to spend on pills? I understand there are some assistance programs though.
I can't make beads anymore....ever. Dr. M doesn't know if the glass, the silver, the kiln wash etc contributed to this disease or not, but he said he doesn't want any more possible irritants in my lungs. This makes me sad. There were so many more beads to be made, but I like living more than I like making beads, so the choice wasn't that hard.
Sometime after the first of the year I will sell off my studio. To all of you who don't wear respirators when you use enamels, please re-think that choice. I always wore one. Also if you smoke, that's the leading cause of Pulmonary Fibrosis. I don't smoke, but this is just an FYI. I just would feel better if I could keep one person from developing this horrible disease. If you've read all the way to the bottom, thanks. My plan is to share some of my experiences as I find my way along this new path.
PS I know my blog looks strange. I cannot get the header to stay where I put it. I will conquer this computer too :)