Hello everyone and thanks for reading. My name's David, I am 43 years old and I'd like some advice and hopefully some support. My Mum who's 69 hasn't been well recently and I have come over to stay at hers for a while to help look after her, she has had a very bad bout of flu recently that is lingering as a chest infection…..but it's more complicated than that.
Last year she was diagnosed with COPD, she has been a smoker all her life but gave up successfully as soon as she was diagnosed. I have been in a very demanding/stressful job for the past couple of years, that took up so much of my time and a consequence of that was that I have been out of the loop concerning my Mum…..she's also played it down very much and was reluctant to tell us, she has in a way buried her head in the sand, hoping that if she didn't acknowledge it, it would go away…...now that I have come home there's a lot of catching up to do and I am feeling overwhelmed.
I have been doing some research and there's so much information available……I don't know where to start. I have used forums before and think that they can be a brilliant source of support so am keen to say hello here to the fellow members of this group, I have lots of questions and look forward to making some friends who are in a similar situation. I won't post any more for now as I need to get off to do some shopping for my Mum. She has been eating a very poor diet so I need to put together a meal plan and cook her some good nutritious meals to help her with her recovery from this chest infection. The COPD is a different matter that I need to continue looking into to see how we can best help my Mum. Sorry if I have rambled on here…….lots of emotions and feelings going through my head right now, just wanted to introduce myself and say hello.