hi elderly mum in hospital she has COPD and been told she has pneumonia- collapsed at home last weekend. Copd managed normally with inhalers. On IV antibiotics and potassium sometimes when we visit, has the nasal oxygen tube that is attached to wall at all times- cant hear it or see any movement on the gauge on the wall- how do you know its on?
Mum not had nasal feed before only mask. Mum also has delirium and some hallucinations bless her. They said she hadnt been compliant with nasal tube- she has poor memory so if taken off to visit loo she doesnt remember to put it back on!! Thanks
Hi Robinface, I am sorry to hear your mum is in hospital, it will be very worrying for you. Re the "piped" oxygen, the guage is the rate of oxygen flow eg: if it is on 2, it means your mum is getting 2 litres of oxygen per minute through her nasal cannula, so it doesn't move unless the rate given is changed. If you are concerned that it is not on, take the end of the cannula and hold it against a wet finger, you will feel the flow. As far as her forgetting to replace the cannula after a visit to the loo: When I was in hospital, my tubing was long enough to be able to keep the cannula on (I would have collapsed without it!). Maybe they are worried about her tripping on the tubing? Perhaps she needs accompanying to the loo, which isn't always easy for nurses, but given she has delirium sounds necessary. However, a lady next door to me had an alarm whenever she moved from her bed! Perhaps you could discuss this with the ward manager? I hope I have helped, if a bit long windedly! Good luck and hope your mum is soon better. xx
thank you so much for posting, the loo is too far hence tube removal. Yes she has assistance from staff if you can find one! Dr has said she needs oxygen at home nos so whole new ball game x
No problem! I hope your mum is out soon and that the oxygen at home does its' job , You will get support with the process, if it's not enough ask for more!! Or ask us !! xx
I got no support ended up ill with too muck oxygen. Eyesight loss and muscle loss. Awful. No review as promised.
OMG ! What happened?
Hi, I have copd and got double pneumonia and sepsis last March in hospital on iv antibiotics oxygen etc over 3 weeks.Has to switch to portable oxygen tank when I needed loo
Just to let you know I was on 4l oxygen at home for 6 months ,now off completely, so don't despair
Hello congratulations your off Oxygen,how did you do it .So happy for you.
They said it takes that long to recover from pneumonia.i did nothing reallyIt didn't really help breathlessness but they said it was ensuring I got enough oxygen into vital organs eg heart kidney liver whilst recovering
Thank you so much for replying,I wish you all the very best,stay healthy and lots of happiness ❤️