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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Final Stage COPD



my dad is 82, he`s lived with this copd since he was 57. he has heart failure, poor circulation, poly arthrtis.

he is on full time oxygen 3 litre. gp has put him on steroids, yesterday. he is struggling to breathe, even just sitting. he has some fluid on his lungs and we`ve been told to increase his water tablet. usually takes one every other day cos tiring him out. trips to loo.

we need to prepare `cos mum is becoming scared and will panic and want him in hospital - he wants to stay at home. she respects this and looks after him really well but she`s becoming frightened. can he get much worse than this. i also think he`s looking slightly jaundiced, very slight


I would encourage you, your father, and your mother to make an appointment to meet with your father's physician to discuss your concerns as well as his wishes regarding staying in their home, not going to the hospital, etc. Hopefully, your conversation will result in everyone having better understanding of your father's wishes, which will likely be a relief for him, as well as providing options for your mother to pursue should your father worsen.

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Response by:

Amy L Pope-Harman, MD Amy L Pope-Harman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University