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My experience with COPD was over ten years ago with a wonderful guy I met in west Texas. At that time he was diagnosed with asthma. When I would hear him cough I knew in my heart it was something greater.

Eventually we ended up in Amarillo and he had a pulmonary stroke. I grabbed hoses and started the wall oxygen. I was a nurse many moons ago and I couldn’t stand the standing around staring.

When he was finally diagnosed he was already stage 4….I can say we lived a very happy life, he rode an ole school pan head and I enjoyed every moment. As time flew he began to get increasingly worse. I have done rescue breathing and this last time CPR.

Now he is bed-bound and has chosen to rest in peace here at home with me. I get so emotional and I try not to but I just can’t separate myself from him and being a nurse. As of today he is now in the air hungry moment so my question to anyone out there what else will he have to endure before he passes?

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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Peanut and thanks for being so candid with our community by sharing what you’re going through with your wonderful guy. As a professional nurse, you’re probably aware that we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety). Everyone progresses differently through the COPD stages, it would be unfair to predict what you can expect for your loved one. Even stage 4 varies for patients who are going through that stage. I thought you might find it helpful to review this article on COPD and stage 4:
    Be yourself, Peanut! Be warm, compassionate, loving and supportive – I’m sure we don’t need to tell you that, as you already know it. I’m sure your friend appreciates you being by his side as his companion and care giver.
    We wish you and him well.
    You are always welcome here in our online community.
    Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

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