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Hi, my name is Jackie
I have knowledge of COPD as I have taken my mom in to live with me and she has severe COPD. I would like to share my experience with my mom and her condition with you all and hope you may find encouragement and or information. Also, I have read some of your discussions and think it may help me with mom and thank you in advance for this.
Mom has lived with me now for 2 and a half years and she has severe COPD among other major illnesses like Cancer in her right lung. Although her cancer has not grown in the time she has been with me, her COPD has worsened from unit 3 oxygen to 5. The docs say it will probably be the COPD that kills her first even though this is her second time with lung cancer. Mom has been on Oxygen for 11 year now as it started when she took Congestive Heart Failure all those years ago. We do not believe she should have been put on oxygen then but the docs at the time did not do extensive tests then and did not seem to think it was necessary I guess. They were wrong. Tests should always be done before giving someone medicine of a potentially long term nature as we learned later in years, actually, in 2013 for mom. As it was, mom was not even put on the correct Puffers or medicines for her condition and this could have actually made her condition worse. The experiences I would like to tell you about right now is her memory loss, both short and long term. With her memory losses she has changed. This condition with mom has been getting worse with her oxygen rising as her COPD worsens. Mom was a seriously dedicated smoker since she was about 17 years of age and actually started smoking at 14. I have done a lot of reading to find out as much as possible and found this site. I have been seeing that some of you have mentioned different types of Medication for your COPD and am now wondering if I have the right meds for mom. Our doc just put her on new stuff called BREO and SeaBri which he only just replaced a few days ago and continues to take the Subutamol. Mom was on Spiriva and Advair but the doc said the SeaBri and Breo was the newest med on the market and of course I am hoping he's not just selling for a company. I am wondering What more you may know of this debilitating disease as I am watching my mother die slowly and it is scaring me. As I have said her memory is bad and I cannot tell you how hard it is to help her. Her mind plays nasty tricks on her and it is not easy living with her at all. I have so much to say on this subject and hope to discuss further here. Thank you
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