Saturday, January 11, 2014

GASPING FOR AIR


My husband has COPD. This makes his breathing laborious. And with these colder temperatures his breathing got worse after he went outside. The cold  air causes the lung tissue to shrink and close down restricting the flow of air. Now he is wheezing all the time. This has us both concerned. Phil Everly from the Everly Brothers fame was my husband's age, 74;  and he just died from complications of COPD. That certainly has given my husband cause to pause and look at his situation a little more seriously. Today we spent the afternoon at the hospital so he could get blood work and a chest X-Ray. The doctor prescribed steroids, in addition to inhalers and Advair to help with his condition. If they do not work, the next course of treatment is portable oxygen. I'm doing what I can to keep his spirits up, but this situation is depressing him, to be sure.


22 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

This severe cold we had does bring out the worse in things and people too. Hope your hubby is better now with the medications. Gasping for air would be very scary. I'll be praying that the meds work and he is better soon.

linda eller said...

A serious condition for sure...praying the medications and inhaler work for him soon.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i am so sorry to hear this. what causes copd? i hope the new drugs help!

Back Porch Writer said...

My FIL, had a COPD situation and he had portable oxygen tank (bigger one he kept in the car and also one at home). He was on the go for many years. It helped him a lot to have it. Didn't stop him from going and doing. He took the oxygen off for pictures. He was such a trooper. Your hubby will be too if he has to have it. He will find a way to get in a routine and do things that give him joy. I know my FIL had his bad days too, but it was mostly over his heart condition. Breathing treatments helped a lot too. It's an adjustment and I hope he feels better soon!

Lynda said...

I am so glad your husband went on for some further medical consult. The doctors are able to help more than in the past but it is a very scary thing to not be able to breathe. His depression is understandable since he knows this cannot be reversed but hopefully the steroids will help and give him some really good days. That's one thing good about being sick - - - when we have good days, we really cherish them and don't take them for granted! We will keep him in prayer.

jack69 said...

I don't have the physical problems Phil had but I am a little older, and even fairly healthy, it causes one to pause for serious thought.

I can understand yours and Hubby's concerns because it is VERY SERIOUS!

The best to you two....

Funny in My Mind said...

We have an employee with COPD and she has a terrible time this time of the year.

Funny in My Mind said...

I hit publish too soon, anyway, I meant to say this disease really sucks and I hope for the best for your sweet man.

Funny in My Mind said...

I hit publish before finishing. That disease is so awful, I pray for comfort for your hubby. Maybe having a tank at home would benefit him.

Roses around the door... said...

Sorry to hear hubby is poorly, my sister also has this condition, i pray hubby feel's better soon. Keep loving each other and take care of one another, best wishes x

Paula said...

Sorry to hear your husband has this serious medical problem. Hope they figure something out to help him. I know its a worry to have a sick husband.

Angela said...

Thinking of you both. Hope the extra things help him out. Stay warm!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I'm sorry hope he feels better soon!

Chatty Crone said...

I have asthma and breathing problems too and I have a cough now for three years that will not go away. I can tell you it is hard and tiring so I understand the depression. Hope the new meds work. sandie

Hollie said...

I'm praying the meds help!!

Rose said...

I'm saying prayers for your husband. I also have COPD and ironically when I was in Boston for Xmas, I was able to breathe better then I do upon my arrival home in Florida with the humidity.

I no longer use any inhalers, etc. I was a smoker for a long time but stopped smoking about 7 years ago. I also eat Vegan which helped alot. and of course exercise.

Silver Sneakers Classes for Seniors helps a lot.

Lucy said...

I am so sorry to hear that your husbands condition is worse. It is very discouraging when your health starts to fail and also to know there is no cure. I hope the oxygen tank is a long way off. I know and am sure you know how lousy it is when the legs don't do their thing.

betty said...

I don't know how I missed seeing this until today; it didn't show up on my Dashboard. Sorry about that.

I am sorry to hear about your husband and his breathing difficulties due to COPD. I am glad though he did go in to get it checked out. I do hope the treatment the doctors gave him "do the trick" and that he feels better soon and can breathe better!

betty

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm so sorry. I pray that the new meds will help him to breath much better. Keep us posted. Take care!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh no, Taryterre, I'm so sorry to hear this about your husband. I just started hearing about COPD myself, was not familiar with it at all. Does your husband have a bit of asthma too? So good of you to keep his spirits up, and I hope he feels better soon.

Take care,

~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I wanted to say that not being able to breathe well is an awful thing to go through, so I just said a prayer for him. Keep us updated with his condition.

Love,
~me

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours!