Hi there. My mum has severe COPD , lung capacity between 20-25%. She was diagnosed 5 years ago. Has been a heavy smoker since she was 8 years old and is now 58. She still continues to smoke. And just 2 days ago she got diagnosed with pneumonia..... I googled the combination of this disease with COPD and the results are incredibly saddening and heartbreaking. My mums health in the past 2 years alone have been dramatic. She has regular breathing attacks if she over exerts herself by climbing stairs in her house. She isn’t on oxygen yet, the doctors refuse to give her a nebuliser which is something she needs if she is home alone and an attack occurs. I feel utterly helpless. My 17 year old sister is her main carer, it’s so sad to see how it is effecting her, she has college and part time job. She sees her decline of health more than myself and my 2 other sisters. My mum has that pulmonary rehab thing, she has breathing exercises that the doctor has told her she must do. I live 35 minutes away and have a full time job , so I can’t just pop over regularly. My older sister is a single mum with 3 children so it’s a struggle for her aswell. We all are just feeling like we are watching from a distance as she deteriorated but there’s not much more we can do other than be there for her (and each other) and help when we can with daily chores e.t.c . She can’t vacuum anymore. She has been given some sort of steroids for her pneumonia but she’s still in discomfort and pain.
She has had her entire life to give up smoking. She’s a stubborn women and is too addicted. We have tried numerous times encouraging her, buying her patches, taking her to the doctors and giving advice, but to no prevail. She has chosen cigarettes over quality of life and the sad part is all 3 of my sisters and my brother smoke. I am the only one who doesn’t.
Has anyone got any advice ? Any tips? Any information on what we can do for our Mum other than what the doctor has already said?