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My mother had a exacerbation in December and was hospitalized for 10 days. When she came home I knew she was dying. It was very apparent. Together with her primary care physician we got her on what we thought was early hospice. She wanted a second opinion so we followed up with her Pulmonologist. He was dismissive. Ordered no tests and told her the gurgling sound she was making was allergies. Sent her home with a prescription with a expensive new inhaler she couldn't afford and told her to use saline spray for her "allergies". He told her she wasn't due for another lung function test until May. Is there not a standard of care for this? Are tests not ordered when someone was recently hospitlalized and the condition re-evualuted to see how far the disease has progressed. My Mom ended up passing away in a hospice home about 4 weeks after that appointment.
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