Hi all you lovely lot,
I hope you're all keeping as well as can be expected.
I have just returned from a week away although I was reluctant to go as I didn't want to leave my mum. She was diagnosed with emphysema and a couple of other things (which seem to change with each Dr we see) and is currently on oxygen. If you look at her, you wouldn't think she had anything wrong! She is on 3lpm of oxygen for 15 hours a day, but she says it makes her feel nauseaous, dizzy and in fact worse! When she is sitting, her SATS are always around 95%, however, they do drop to around 85% when she starts walking, hence the need for oxygen. When she has the 3lpm at rest, her SATS go up to 99% which is when she feels all of the above. I'm convinced she doesn't need it at rest, or at least not 3lpm as I've read that you can end up having too much oxygen. I will speak to her respiratory nurse about this, but since her chest infection has cleared, she is feeling alot better.
I'm a bit of a google freak (I know I shouldn't as it does sometimes scare the hell out of me) and whilst I don't doubt for one minute that she has COPD, I think she may have a problem with her diaphragm. I have seen that you can have disorders of the diaphragm which can cause breathing difficulties, low oxygen levels when active due to it not going in and out at the right time if that makes sense, which can restrict the air flow. She can't really take in a deep breath because her chest won't allow her to inhale or exhale much air, which leads me to think they may be missing something. I am probably wrong, but I guess things can be missed, so I'll mention it and see how I get on!
Her last spirometry Test result was classed as 'mildly restrictive' ....
FEV1 at 1.47L of 74%
FVC of 84%
The ration of FEV1 to FVC being 84%
She is 76 years old with controlled diabetes - can anyone decipher these results into English for me please .....
Love Julie (and her Mum) xx