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My mom has end stage COPD. She was diagnosed in September of 2013 when she ended up on a ventilator for 7 days with pneumonia in both lungs. After being released from the hospital she was permanently disabled. After that she was hospitalized about every 3 months with exacerbations. Last September she was hospitalized with Pneumonia again. This really knocked her back. She has 20% lung function and is on oxygen 24/7. She take duoneb in the nebulizer 4 times a day and pulmacort twice a day. She has been on prednisone for 16 months straight which is really taking its toll on her body. Recently she has had major exacerbations. She has been hospitalized 4 times in the last 60 days. I am very concerned that this is the beginning of the end. Has anyone had experience with a loved one through the end stages of this disease? I would love some information. Thank you.
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