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My Dad had an exacerbation at the weekend which has landed him in hospital.
He is a c02 retainer and had spent the last couple of weeks trying to shake a chest infection. The community respiratory nurses did their best to avoid hospital with antibiotics/steroids/nebuliser but unfortunately his admission couldn't be avoided. (His last exacerbation was 2 years ago and he ended up in ICU).
I understand that a flare up like this will set him back a bit health wise but would like to have a better understanding as to what the future might look like.
He currently uses his Bi-pap machine 8 hours a night. Could this possibly be increased?
When speaking to anyone about COPD people assume that my Dad will end up on oxygen but that's not necessarily the case as he retains c02.
Does anyone have any experience they can share?
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