This is the first Mother’s Day without mom. However, I still celebrate her courage and determination. She wanted others with COPD to understand that you can still enjoy life.
I knew immediately that she needed to go back to the hospital. I have seen her in respiratory distress before, but this was definitely one of the worst I had seen. It just came on so quickly. It really took us by surprise.
Mom’s third visit to the hospital was a result of being very dehydrated from not eating or drinking for three days. She had become very nauseous while taking a blood thinner and began losing weight very quickly.
After being told to stop taking Xarelto due to excessive internal bleeding, mom developed a blood clot. Her hand and arm swelled up, and her arm had begun “weeping” during the night. When I arrived at the emergency room, she had towels under her arm to catch the fluid that was randomly finding places to escape her arm.
It has been a while since I have written. Mom was admitted to the hospital four separate times between the second week of December and the first week of February. The first admission in December was a result of an extremely high heart rate.
Something that is often overlooked is the equipment. It becomes so normal to the home that it is almost the last thing that is thought of when there is a shortness of breath “event.” However, it should be one of the first things to check.
What does your doctor mean when he or she says, “How are you doing?” Your doctor does not want to hear a generic answer to this question. Simply saying, “I don’t feel good,” is not an adequate response for your doctor to help you. Get to the specifics. Here are some examples: You may be feeling tired. Your response should[…]