I would like your thoughts on an issue I have with COPD.
My dad was diagnosed with COPD about 5 years ago and handed a bunch of inhalers. He contracted pneumonia from these and hasn't been well since. It's heartbreaking as he's went rapidly downhill and each time he visits the hospital, he comes out worse. I believe it's the inhalers and oxygen that have made him so ill. As a COPD patient who cannot walk the length of themselves and who the hospital insist use oxygen 16 hours a day, could you blow up a balloon and still speak afterwards. Another strange thing is that his oxygen levels increase when he exhales rather than inhales? Is that not strange for someone with COPD? To be honest, I feel the COPD test is just stupid. How can someone's lung health be determined by blowing into a machine? I'd be interested on your thoughts on this as respiratory nurses won't even listen to him. In fact, they have put a load of nonsense on his files, such as his oxygen levels improve with oxygen. This is rubbish as they don't. To be honest, I think this oxygen business is just a sales technique, and the more they can push onto patients, the more perks they receive.