Hi everyone. My name is Amy, I have just joined copd.net in the hope of learning more about COPD and hopefully getting some advice/support from others. I am a Nurse myself, and I can’t help but think there must be more out there that I am unaware of.
My Nana is 82 and has had COPD for a very long time. In 2020 my Nana caught Covid which we now think has made her COPD progress. Her main symptoms are breathlessness, tight chest, coughing up sputum, rattling chest and coughing. For the most part, her oxygen levels are 95% and above. She does not have home oxygen. She takes regular inhalers and carbocisteine. She has recently been referred to a respiratory consultant who sent her off for investigations, she has emphysema.
My Nana is now having regular courses of steroids and antibiotics for flare ups, usually back to back as they don’t tend to help. She has had 2 hospital admissions in the last 4 months. Countless in the last year. She has not seen her consultant since before her last 2 hospital admissions.
I am wondering if anyone else is in a similar situation to my Nana, and if there is anything that has helped you?
Are there any treatments I could discuss with her Consultant? Any new medications out there?
I am grateful for any help and advice.
Thank you, Amy