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Hi, looking for some insight for my dad who was diagnosed with emphysema some years ago now. Until Christmas 2014, he was coping very well, he was staying relatively active and was managing to walk a mile when needed (slowly and it was flat, but nevertheless he did it!). Just after Christmas he caught a rather nasty chest infection, which the doctor diagnosed as a virus. That stayed around for 3 months or so and was obviously very distressing at the time and really affected his ability to breath. He has been clear of any infection now for 2 months but we are not seeing any improvement in his breathing ability. To give an indication of the decline, he is now unable to walk the 8 metres or so to the bathroom without oxygen. There are further complications in that his heart is also playing up and his ankles are terribly swollen. The doctor has ordered a heart rate monitor for him but I'm not sure when that will arrive. I have two questions for any friends out there who can provide the benefit of their experience. 1) Is it reasonable to expect that my dad should recover a little better than he has so far - that he should get closer to his previous breathing ability. 2) I'm convinced that the heart and water retention round his ankles problem is caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood due to his poor breathing. Is that a reasonable deuction and is there any advice out there, (I'm in the process of convincing my dad to use his oxygen more). Thanks.
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