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Mom with COPD
Mar 26, 2012
Hi I am new here. Just looking for answers or maybe just needing to vent. My Mom was diagnosed with emphysema about 15years ago. She is now 72years old and I feel is starting to fade. =(

In the past 15years she has had her fair share of hospital stays and on the vent more times than i can count. Her most recent bout was about a month ago in February.

She was not feeling well diarrhea, vomiting, and back pain. My father decided she needed to get to the hospital and called the ambulance. She had Pneumonia. Right lobe Pneumonia which they thought was from her swallowing wrong. She declined fast and ended in ICU but came out better than ever.

She has been out since 2/25/12 and was doing well until yesterday. She has a fever and Vomiting. I feel she should go to the hospital as any bug(if that is what it is) can turn into something so quickly for her. Her nurse is coming today and hopefully will tell her the same.

Has anyone experienced this. I feel bad as her last trip to the hospital i thought was her last her sister even flew in from Scotland. I was preparing my self for her death. Now she was doing so good and now down again.

Idk what to think anymore. she seems to be getting sick so often now... I don't know what to think. my dad is convinced she is dying. Anyone out there been through this kind of thing? Thanks.

Wendy
Re: Mom with COPD
May 25, 2012
[QUOTE=wmn1120;4950757]Hi I am new here. Just looking for answers or maybe just needing to vent. My Mom was diagnosed with emphysema about 15years ago. She is now 72years old and I feel is starting to fade. =(

In the past 15years she has had her fair share of hospital stays and on the vent more times than i can count. Her most recent bout was about a month ago in February.

She was not feeling well diarrhea, vomiting, and back pain. My father decided she needed to get to the hospital and called the ambulance. She had Pneumonia. Right lobe Pneumonia which they thought was from her swallowing wrong. She declined fast and ended in ICU but came out better than ever.

She has been out since 2/25/12 and was doing well until yesterday. She has a fever and Vomiting. I feel she should go to the hospital as any bug(if that is what it is) can turn into something so quickly for her. Her nurse is coming today and hopefully will tell her the same.

Has anyone experienced this. I feel bad as her last trip to the hospital i thought was her last her sister even flew in from Scotland. I was preparing my self for her death. Now she was doing so good and now down again.

Idk what to think anymore. she seems to be getting sick so often now... I don't know what to think. my dad is convinced she is dying. Anyone out there been through this kind of thing? Thanks.

Wendy[/QUOTE]

Hiya, Firstly I am so so sorry to hear of your situation, a lot of people I think don't realise how horrible Emphysema is.

I am in a similar situation in some ways. My dad was diagnosed with the disease 5 or 6 years ago, however, neither or my parents told me about it until about a year and a half ago. His condition has majorly deteriorated since they told me, he has a nebuliser and oxygen at home now and needs them a lot. Sometimes he seems ok and other times he is so so ill, I couldn't count the ammount of hospital trips hes had in the last 6 month. He is still smoking though which does not help! My main worry is with the illness is not knowing whats going on, I know that Emphsema does not get better and that its progressive, particularly if the person still smokes, but I just don't know how much longer hes going to be around for (hes 62 now) ... sometimes I think hel be here another 10 years and other times I think its a matter of months :S its the worst feeling ever because I know I'll never stop wandering about it.

I really don't know about your mum though, is her breating horribly bad? How much can she get around now? ... I am sorry I don't really have any answers but am always here to talk if you need someone as I totally understand what a horrible situation you are in.

xxxx





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