As most readers of this blog may have read, Tom has IPF, for those who do not recognise these letters it is a condition affecting the lungs called 'Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis'.
In simple terms the lungs harden and gradually lose more and more air capacity causing shortness of breath.
The medical profession are at a loss as to what causes this and there are many things bandied around, this is why it is called 'Idiopathic' meaning cause unknown.
One of the symptoms of this condition is a dry cough. This,apart from the breathing difficulties, is one of the most distressing things because the coughing causes the breathing to get worse.
Again, there is no really affective cure for this cough and the best the medical people can recommend is cough mixture or inhalers etc.
As I'm sure most people would do, we have been googling to see if there was anything out there that might just help and we came across the controversial subject of cannabis oil.
There has been a lot written about this in the newspapers and also on tv regarding the success of some people using it for various illnesses and so we thought we would give it a try.
When there isn't any hope for a cure, what have you got to lose.
Tom has been taking a few drops of this each day and we are pretty sure that it has had the effect of lessening the cough. This could be because it relaxes things, who knows.
Recently I'm sure you heard that it has finally been legalised for consultants to prescribe this for 'some' illnesses and so the stigma of using it is a little less, especially for us who felt a bit like criminals using it.
Next time we see the consultant we shall see what she says, but for now he will continue to use it to get some relief.
In some parts of the USA I know that it is legal and many of the reports I've read online give good reviews.