Hi all, I'm a new member. My Dad was diagnosed with COPD around 3-4 years ago. He is in complete denial, he has blamed his illness on everything from a mystery infection and TB to a fish bone being stuck in his throat!! He refuses to stop smoking so we estimate he's on 40-50 a day. He won't listen to the doctors and medical professionals, he just thinks everyone (including us) has written him off because he's a smoker. He's now down to 7 stone and won't take the mucus thinning drugs (because he doesn't believe it's COPD) so consequently he won't drink protein drinks because of the milk which would thicken the mucus and make it harder to breathe. He genuinely believes that the cigarettes are helping him because with every puff he nearly coughs up his lungs which he thinks is helping to clear this mystery infection that he's currently convinced he has. His wife and I are at our wits end. Having tried everything to persuade him to stop smoking we are well beyond that now, we accept it will never happen, he won't even discuss it. He has said he would rather die that give up smoking. Does anyone have any experience of dealing with someone in such complete denial? It's a very, very difficult situation and I have no connection with the medical team, they won't speak to me direct so I am relying on the internet for information. From what I read I think he could be at end stage now but I just don't know. Any help or feedback would be very much appreciated.
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