Thank you to those who replied to my last post, much appreciated !
I have more questions and would be grateful for replies:-
It is said that we should have no regrets in life, however, as the song goes "regrets, I have a few" and one of those is that I ever began smoking !! Well, it's too late as I now have emphysema and none of us can turn back the clock.
It's been ascertained through tests that I need oxygen at home, however, to have this I need to have stopped smoking for 12 weeks. I'm finding it extremely difficult as i'm certain many of you have too. My question is this, what happens to those needing home oxygen but cannot quit smoking, there must be some people who can't ? Do the medical profession just wash their hands of them and basically leave them to end their lives through lack of oxygen ? I know that through reading past posts on here when I first found this group that there are some people still smoking who were diagnosed years ago. Both my parents had respiratory problems in later life and neither could stop smoking, they had been smoking for far too long to be able to give up, both had inhalers but can't remember them requiring home oxygen. They were both in their 80's when I lost them.
I also know of 'friends friends' who had COPD, had home oxygen and one still smoked 20 a day and the other nearer 40 a day !! How on earth did they get home oxygen ?
My second question is can some of you tell me what your oxygen levels were/are when diagnosed ?
Any, all replies gratefully received.