My mum has recently been diagnosed with emphysema and fibrosis of the lungs. She has been getting more and more breathless over the last few months and our GP kept giving her water tablets to remove the fluid, however, I wasn't convinced it was the cause. She lives next door to me and would be totally out of breath just walking from her house to mine, so I put my foot down and took her (reluctantly) to the hospital. She was admitted with oxygen levels at 84% and remained in hospital for 8 days where she had x-rays and a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis. She has since been discharged and has a few different medications including inhalers and a 'fizzy' tablet she puts in water to help relieve the mucus on her chest. She is feeling a lot better, however still gets breathless when walking. She can probably walk from her house to mine and back twice which is an improvement on before, however it's still not great. She has been referred for pulmonary rehabilitation and is awaiting further appointments with the respiratory clinic, but I would like any advice on how I can help her, which is my reason for my post.
She was a very active lady until last year and gave up smoking 15 years ago and whilst she still wants to be active, like join me on shopping trips and days out with my children like she used to, she can't. This saddens her (and me) so I would be grateful if anyone else had experienced similar and what treatments you were given.
She is 76, but acts and looks more like she's in her 60's and this has really knocked her for six. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I love my mum immensely and will do anything to help her - I just need pointing in the right direction