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I am a 24/7 carer to my husband.He has had emphysema/bronchiectasis for the past few years but now everything has changed for the worst. He is on oxygen 24/7, various settings for various activities but in the early hours Thursday morning he waws rushed into hospital critically ill with carbon dioxide poisoning. He had pneumonia and an infection called Sudamonus. I was asked, if he had a heart attack, did I want him resuscitating, I said of course I do, you have only had him here a few minutes and want to kill him. What has happened is that my husbands lungs are now no longer working, they say he does not have much lung left and that is diseased and even though he is taking in oxygen to improve his sats he is holding carbon dioxide as his lungs cannot get rid of it. He is wearing a life support Oxygen hood to do this job for him and to cleanse his body. They are fighting the infection as well. We have been told he will have to wear the mask at home through the night to keep cleansing his body of the carbon dioxide. What I need to know is when his health has improved and he feels more like himself, can he still drive our car. We will have a ramp installed so he can drive the scooter to the car and he can then just climb in. I want his life to be as normal as possible. I hope someone can help.
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