IPF stands for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. It is a fatal restrictive lung disease. Idiopathic means doctors don’t know why you developed it. Fibrosis is the progressive scarring of the lungs. As your lungs harden they become unable to transfer oxygen to your blood and you suffocate and pass away. I saw this man with a red Trump hat at the ER. He has clubbed fingers and blue lips. I know how he feels. I have severe anxiety and it sometimes makes me short of breath. It is a frightening feeling. Sometimes when I am breathless I worry that a misdiagnosis of interstitial lung disease that I had is actually correct. BTW clubbed fingers are pretty strange. They almost look like cartoon hands. If I am indeed dying from it and only have it in its early stages – I will know I am doomed when I start turning into a cartoon.