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COPD

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Irmemac, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. My dad has been living with COPD (emphysema) for a number of years. He has had many appointments with the Respiratory clinic, but is now managing on a nebuliser, inhaler and water tablets to keep fluid out of his lungs. He is breathing better than he has in years, and doesn't need oxygen. The only thing we have to be careful with is if he picks up a cough or a cold he is more prone than most people to getting chest infections. If we don't catch them early enough it can take several doses of strong antibiotics to clear them up. Your husband sounds in much better general shape than my dad too. Good luck, and remember that it is a disease to live with, rather than to die of.
     
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Thanks for that. I hope we can stabilise the condition as the doctor has said it is irreversible.
     
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Mabye I should become Miss Whiplash and dominate him [​IMG]
    On second thoughts he'd probably die from a heart attack [​IMG]
    Then he wouldn't worry about COPD [​IMG]
    I jest.......got to keep a sense of humour [​IMG]
     
  4. Hi, My mum got the same diagnosis last year and like you I immediately researched it and frightened myself silly. According to every piece I read, the outcome wasn't likely to be good, we were planning care at home etc etc. However by Xmas ( 6months after diagnosis) she had cut down her oxygen by half and is now down to just at night. The specialist nurse was really upbeat and reassuring. Bearing in mind Mum is 81 and has smoked heavily from the age of 14 until a few years ago and never exercises, this is a fantastic result. She is generally quite fit for her age and otherwise healthy. As your man is much much younger it seems likely he'll have a much better chance of better health. I really hope everything goes well for you both, try not to worry although it's never easy not to.
     
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Thank you for your post gilldyson. My OH is not on oxygen....far from it I hope.....and he is 20 years younger than your Mum. I just hope we can maintain the status quo, that's all.
     
  6. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    Belle I am sure you will find a way to help him do that. Stopping smoking is more than half the battle,which he has already done.
     
  7. Just to add my best wishes to you both Belle.
    C x
     

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