Hi to all you lovely lot,
Well, after getting over the shock of having to go onto oxygen, my mum is slowly coming round to accepting it and is feeling more positive.
To begin with, she was given cylinders that held 4 hours worth of O2 - she needed it only when walking at 2 lpm. The cylinders were too heavy for her to carry around, so I had to carry it when we went out - we did joke that it was like taking a toddler for a walk who had reins
Anyway, the respiratory nurse popped round yesterday to see how my mum was getting on and did a blood test (don't know the proper name for it, but she took blood from my mums ear) - her oxygen levels were going up and down whilst at rest (between 89 and 95) so she has asked my mum to stay on 1 lpm whilst at rest for up to 15 hours a day and put it on 3 lpm when out and about. She has had a concentrator delivered this morning to plug in to use whilst she's at home and has given her both a portable concentrator on a trolley as well as smaller cylinders that last 1.5hours. She has them all so she can trial them all out to see which she feels more comfortable with. We've been out food shopping this morning and wilst walking around and when she got home, her SATS stayed at 97%, so she's chuffed with that!
After checking her blood, everything seemed ok - carbon dioxide levels were fine and her kidney function (although she's diabetic) hadn't been affected, so the nurse was happy with that, as were we.
She also had to do a further sputum test - all along my mum kept saying her sputum was clear and sticky, however, when I saw it, it was green! She said "I thought they meant green like grass coloured green!" All this leads us to believe there is an actual infection going on and that she needs antibiotics! She says her sputum has been this colour for months! What am I going to do with her??!!
Anyway, hopefully when the results come through, it will show an infection and she'll be prescribed antibiotics which in turn will hopefully reduce the amount of oxygen she meeds?
Has anyone has their oxygen reduced when an infection has cleared?
I hope you're all keeping as well as can be ….. take care!
Love Julie (and her mum xx