My name is Angela. My mother was diagnosed with COPD a few months ago. We're still working out various issues and I assume that this will continue. We've purchased a shower chair but she seems to be able to shower without the needs to sit down until she comes out of the shower. She uses an oxygen concentrator and since she has difficulty walking, we've obtained a wheelchair to use when we go out.
I've got a few questions and I would be grateful for any assistance:
1. My mother is getting out of breath in the shower and from what I've read, this is to be expected as showering involves quite a lot of energy, there is steam etc. She's started keeping the door open and the exhaust on but I want to encourage her to use her oxygen whilst she is in the shower. Can you tell me if there is any specific way to do this. I'm assuming if I drape the wire over the shower there's less chance of her tripping, but is there anything else she needs to do (eg: is there a problem with the cords getting wet or if water gets into the tubing?)
2. If she gets a cold, does she still take her oxygen via her nose?
3. I want to do all that I can to help her and give her her best chance at a good/reasonable quality of life. her dr hasn't arranged re hab. Whilst she's done the lung function test, he hasn't told her specifics of her illness but has just told her 'not to worry about labels of illnesses.' Would I be right in saying we need to do/ know more? if so, what would you suggest? Should there be regular tests that she undergoes and if so, what ones?
Thanks for your help.