Hi guys I've read lots of different posts which got me to write this.
My dad was diagnosed with last stage copd about 6 years ago. Hes had a bad chest since the age of 2 but smoked as a teenager growing up. He quit smoking about 18 years ago and hasn't had a cigarette since. In the 6 years prior to diagnoses he's been pretty good keeping his condition under control. About 2 months ago he required a doctors home visit which resulted in 8 steroids a day and a course of antibiotics. But 2 weeks ago I discovered him motionless and unresponsive. Long story short he was taken to hospital. They said he had a chest infection and acidosis. He was instantly put on a non via mask and has remained in a respiratory ward since.
He's due to come home tomorrow and we've just had a concentrator put in to ensure continuous supplie of oxygen. It will be 0.5 litre per minute also he'll require to wear the non via mask at night times. I'm unsure of his stats although his lung capacity isn't good and his oxygen levels are around 80% whilst on continuous oxygen. The respiratory nurse says he's lucky to have a relatively good 6 years, but I can't help ponder what is next for him. Nobody will give me a answer just saying that his copd is really bad and we've just got to make his life as easy as possible. Can anyone related please x