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Good evening all. I don’t have COPD but my grandfather is in the process of being diagnosed. He’s 75 and has had a prolonged cough for 6 years now. 4 years ago he was told it was it was an allergic reaction to his two cats and his pet budgie. Obviously I did question this however nothing came of it. 3 months ago he came to my house coughing up blood and his lips were blue (I quickly dialled 999 as he has a heart condition (Angina) and had a heart attack years ago). They took him into A&E and kept him overnight - he had a chest infection, but they still knew it wasn’t 100% normal, so referred him back to a Thoracic consultant. 8 weeks ago he had his CT scan and just over a week ago he had his consultant appointment. He had a breathing test, and was examined thoroughly by 3 consultants. All of which constantly mentioned COPD and are quite certain however they didn’t diagnose there and then, they need to speak to a panel of thoracic consultants to make sure they are correct in their findings. They were extremely concerned about his lung function (currently 25%) - 4 years ago it was 40% but we weren’t told about this until last week at his appointment. The scarring on his lungs have covered 75% and therefore only 25% is functioning. I’m unsure about COPD, I’ve tried to do my research and look up as much as I can. I’m a first responder and currently returning to study to be a paramedic but this is a mystery to me! I’m hoping someone can shed some light for me. I did research a little bit as I said before so I know what COPD is etc but I don’t understand it all, not like these doctors and you, the people who live with it day in day out. I’m scared, my grandad raised my sister and I and with our grandmother who passed away 4 years ago, so yes, I’m petrified. I read online that 30% lung function and under is end stage. This seems really daunting to me! Also he hasn’t been prescribed anything yet.. we’re due back to see his consultant in the next 8-12 weeks. We have his initial oxygen assessment with the respiratory nurse next week as well, and he has also been referred for Pulmonary Rehab too. Thank you all so much for reading, any advice and knowledge welcome and last but not least, I hope you have a wonderful day/night wherever in the world you are.
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