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Combating extreme depression

I 2012 I was.in stage 3 COPD and that year saw many other health issues. I continued to.deal.with some.of.these extra problems through 2014 which was another very bad year. I was hospitalized several times and had long recoveries. Now I entered stage 4 COPD and was told to go on the lung transplant list, which I did not qualify.for. At that point I became bedridden and very depressed. Now, 4 years later my overall health is much improved except the COPD of.course….and the DEPRESSION. I haven’t gotten out of bed. Now I have very little muscle but I am Mobil and there is.no real reason I should be completely bedridden. The depression is keeping me here. I’m going to thereby but….what can be done? I’ve tried but have been unable stop this. I’m now 200lbs with no muscle and am almost unable to leave my room, my bed. I’m.destroying what life me and my husband have left. Help


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  • Barbara Moore moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Tracy,
    Leon has given you some great resources and I pray that you are able to take advantage of them.
    Please take some baby steps to getting out of the bedroom.
    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Tracy and thanks for your candid depiction of your current situation. First, it’s good to hear that your impression is a good one – “4 years later my overall health is much improved…”.

    Since you are still dealing with stage 4 COPD and depression (which can be part of it as a comorbidity), it sounds like you may need some additional outside support. I thought perhaps these resources might be able to help with what you’re looking for – in case you want to contact them.
    First, the COPD Information Line: 1-866-316-COPD (2673).
    Second I thought at least one of these online support groups might be suitable for you:
    – Lung Connection Community: http://connection.lung.org/
    – My Fighting for Air Community: http://lung.lotsahelpinghands.com/caregiving/home/
    – Better Breathers Clubs: https://www.lung.org/support-and-community/better-breathers-club/
    Perhaps you will find at least one of these might be suitable for you at this point. What do you think?
    Wishing you the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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