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My dad

Just joined this forum. My dad has stage 4 COPD with 24/7 oxygen. Lately things seem to be getting worse as he gets so breathless after a few steps. I’m just dreading the cold weather as that’s when he usually gets flare-ups. His last flare-up was last December and it was just awful… so frightening. Thanks for reading.

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  • j914
    1 year ago

    I am sorry you are gong through this with your dad. It is very hard as parents to see our children sick, and equally as hard to see our parents sick. And not be about to help them. Yes winters are hard on us. Make sure he keeps a scarf around his mouth when he’s out, this will help to keep the breath he takes in warmer I gave found.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi j914 and thanks for posting your comment/suggestion in reply to lindaloo’s original post here from last month. We appreciate your input! All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Rebekah
    1 year ago

    I too have stage 4 COPD 24/7 O2. I dread the winter as well. I’m an Alpha 1 (genetic COPD). I just joined today, hoping to connect with others in this stage, so I’m glad you joined. Your dad is fortunate to have you. Take good care of yourself. I wish I had a child as concerned as you are. I know it’s hard to see someone suffer, but the support you give is priceless to him. Hang in there.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Rebekah and thanks for your post. We’re glad to have you as a newly joined member here in our online community. I thought this article might be of help to you as you navigate around the website: https://copd.net/news/welcome-newcomers/. You are always welcome to access our website as frequently and for as long as you like. You also may want to check out our COPD Facebook page. Many of our members also interact there about all things related to COPD. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi lindaloo and thanks for sharing your story with the community here on COPD.net. We can hear how concerned you are for your dad and his condition. He is fortunate to have you as his daughter! If there is anything we can do to assist you as you move forward with your dad, please let me or any other moderator / team member know. You are always welcome here in our online community. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Lindaloo,
    You have come to the perfect place for all things COPD. Those of us with COPD are suffering but those that have to watch are also suffering along with us. Every caregiver needs to be thanked everyday. Know that your father knows and appreciates all that you do for him even if he forgets to tell you.
    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi lindaloo! Welcome to the community! I hear how anxious you are feeling about your dad as the winter months approach. Winter with the cold and flu season can be rough for those living with COPD. Flare-ups can be so scary! In addition to the information shared by Leon, I thought these articles might be useful for you as you prepare for the winter months:
    https://copd.net/clinical/copd-control-winter-months/
    https://copd.net/clinical/flu-2018-19/
    https://copd.net/living/avoiding-flu-season/
    Know we are always here to listen and assist when you have a question or feel overwhelmed. Please reach out anytime! ~Allyson (COPD.net team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi lindaloo and welcome! You’ve come to the right place as we are all about all things COPD and COPD related. We understand just how challenging it can be when a loved one has COPD. You will find a wealth of information throughout our COPD.net website. I thought you might find it helpful to get started with this article that will help you navigate the site itself: https://copd.net/news/welcome-newcomers/. You are always welcome here! Leon (site moderator)

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