I’m unsure if this is a real problem for IBDers. Here’s a possibly more legitimate link for Wiki-waries.
I first got pneumonia the winter after my diagnosis. Nothing like BOOP, it began as a cold and then developed into what felt like an iron patch in my chest, pressing me into a doubled-over position when I tried to climb the five flights of stairs to the apartment. I must’ve looked like such a smoker! But the whole time, I thought, hey, I should go to the doctor again because the first Cobra-covered CT scan had found nothing. They would believe me now, I could barely walk up the stairs. I could barely … damn it.
They found an eeny spot on the left lung. They gave me a shot. No BOOP, no COP, no Popcorn Workers Lung (though not for lack of trying, mmm…), just a baby pneumonia with no exit strategy.
Still, the idea of BOOP interests me, and not just because it’s fun to say. Boopboopboop. But “Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organising Pneumonia” seems to be a related disease, rather than a result of ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory autoimmune disease (as Wikipedia says). I suppose I shall have to ask a damn doctor.
With the pneumonia scare, I met the first general practitioner I’ve ever liked. He had one ear. Ours was a short, sweet yet blood-curdlingly tragic tale.