Ronny had been slowing down for months, so he knew something wasn’t right. Still, the diagnosis of a life-threatening lung disease came as a shock.
“I was working as a carpenter, and I would get so out of breath when I had to carry something heavy,” he says. “I thought it might be something wrong with my heart. Then my doctor told me I had COPD.”
Ronny was put on medication after his diagnosis, but his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease slowly worsened over the years. Things came to a head when he couldn’t catch his breath on a drive back from Connecticut with his brother.
Upon arriving in Philadelphia, Ronny’s brother took him directly to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Room. He was admitted and spent 3 days in the ICU, but it was at Temple where he found hope for his condition.
‘Eye-opening’ care at Temple
During his stay at Temple, Ronny was under the care of pulmonologist Gilbert D’Alonzo, MD. Ronny had such a good experience that he switched all of his care to Temple, saying it was “probably the best decision I ever made.”
Ronny says Temple gave him options he wasn’t offered before, including a nebulizer, oxygen, and a CPAP machine to help him breathe easier at night.