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Old 08-14-2004, 08:02 PM
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COPD?

I forgot to ask: what is COPD? I should know but I'm tired tonight.

Chronic O.. Pulmonary Distress ??
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Old 08-14-2004, 08:14 PM
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Old 08-15-2004, 05:44 AM
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COPD

I lost my dad to COPD in 1993. I wish that I would have been there ( he lived in California) to go to the Dr. visits with him, but I was 1500 miles away from him. By the time that he was diagnosed, it was too late, we lost him less than a month later. I agree that if your mom won't go that you should go in her place if at all possible. Maybe your mom is just very afraid of what the Dr. will say. I hope that your dad is doing ok, and will keep your family in my prayers.
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Old 08-15-2004, 08:10 AM
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Get him a treadmill. Keep the kids off of it. Can you get one with an odometer to track his miles??
He does have a treadmill, he never uses it. The year of his surgery to have his fake aorta valve "installed" my brother and sisters and I went together and bought him a nice treadmill. Mom uses it but Dad don't.

I think he is afraid of becoming too out of breath, and falling over. We were considering a bike for him. But, now I am thinking maybe to check with the dr. and see if he could sart with chair aerobics.

The pulmonary dr. said to do bends. Dad also has arthritis in his lower back, which was never taken care of in the early stages. So, if he bends over he has a hard time standing back up straight. And gets very out of breath from just that. (He also has a gut on him that is making all of this even harder).

Thank you Jeannie for telling what COPD is!
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Old 08-15-2004, 06:01 PM
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the best place in my opinion is a rehabilitation center on an outpatient basis. The therapists will work with him and be there with him and guide him through the exercises..

Ask your dad's pulmonary doctor about a rehab program for him.
This way he is getting the correct exercise and for the right amount of time.. they will help build up his stamina...
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:06 PM
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Therapist!

Good idea, Jeannie, about daily or at least twice weekly therapy. The social interaction and supervised therapy session is perfect. How about a dietition? Small changes can lead to great results.

My dad moved to within 2 miles of a grocery store with a very nice public space for coffee or lunch. I told him that the best thing for him was to walk there once a day. My brother got him a dog to walk. None of it. But the dog gave him something to complain about -- I mean focus on! He loved to worry over that animal.

My parents are very socially phobic. I complained I must have been adopted but my uncle, with whom they lived when I was conceived, assured me that I was not.

So what will become of the treadmill my mom moved into the extra room and piled boxes on?? I sure could use it if she won't. My kids believe taking a walk means smelling the flowers yet. And collecting rocks or checking the railroad tracks for treasures of the heavy and rusty kind.

That was added just for the humor. I'm thinking one walk for me and then getting them out for another walk for them. After having ribs out of place after an accident, I do not complain about being able to take deep breaths.
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:36 PM
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Karen - if more than one person is going to be accompanying your Dad to appointments (or even if they aren't) it would be helpful to type out a sheet that has ALL of your Dad's information. I have a sheet for my FIL like that. It came in VERY handy this past Friday night. We had gone for an overnight trip to my parents house to bring back DDBF's boat. Well, FIL got sick and called my oldest SIL. She & her DH called an ambulance. Both the ambulance personnel and the ER staff were happy to have that sheet since none of my SIL's know anything about my FIL's medical info. (their choice!) The ER staff did have to call me in Houston with a few questions.

This is what I have included on FIL's sheet:

Page 1

Name, address, phone #, birthdate, SS #, religious preference, medication allergies, name of preferred hospital, then I listed each of his doctors...ALL eleven of them along with their office phone numbers, the name of his medicare supplement plan along with ID #, then I have a detailed but brief medical history (VERY important), I also have listed that he has lens implants, wears upper dentures and wears glasses but not contact lenses, then last but not least, I have the emergency contacts listed (myself, DH and one of my SIL).

Page 2 (printed on the back of pg. 1)

all 18 of his medications are listed here along with medication strength and dosage instructions.


I keep this updated at all times. (I have it stored in my computer) I had him put a copy in his wallet just in case something would happen away from home and he had to be taken to a hospital. That way they would have everything they needed to know immediately in front of them. I also have a copy plastered on the front of his refrigerator. (for times like Friday night)

Whenever I take him to a new doctor, I take along a copy of
it and give it to them for his chart. I found that is easier than hauling along all of his meds, trying to remember his medical history off the top of my head and if they need to know who his cardiologist or ENT is, then it is right there for quick reference.


Just something for you and your siblings to consider doing!
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:39 PM
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if he needs a special diet, then ask the doctor to give you a letter to go to the hospital dietician and get a diet for him.

There are private dieticians in the phone book.. just ask the doctor what kind of diet..... for instance, low fat diabetic or whatever his condition is... and how many calories... whether it be for weight loss or to maintain his current weight

Also.. get one of those 7 day pill boxes and have him fill the compartments.. this is an easy way to check if he has taken his meds....( if he's on meds)

I truly believe that he needs to go into Physical therapy, or what they call, occupational therapy... once he gets in better shape, he'll be able to enjoy the dog, the kids etc.... right now he doesn't need the stress of kids....
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Old 08-15-2004, 08:52 PM
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Cindy...

That is such a time saver and an accurate record besides.
That is most helpful! I wish you could give lessons to others!

If I may add, maybe each person with a car, could keep an updated sheet in the glove compartment... that would cover any emergency...
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Old 08-16-2004, 03:11 AM
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That is most helpful! I wish you could give lessons to others!
Thanks! I try to get the word out as I can.

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If I may add, maybe each person with a car, could keep an updated sheet in the glove compartment... that would cover any emergency...
Though it may work for Karen's family...or someone else, that didn't work for us. For a while, each time I updated that sheet, I would give all three SIL and BIL a new copy. They acted like it was an inconvenience to them! Finally they said that they didn't think it was really necessary for them to have updated copies since he kept a copy in his wallet and a copy on the fridge.....OH...I forgot, there IS a copy in his van too.

I started that sheet because I realized one day that if FIL had to go to the ER and I wasn't around, it would be difficult for them to treat him without knowing his current medications, medical history and such. Also, if he needed a specialist, it would be better if they could get the one that he sees and knows him.

After seeing what I typed for FIL, my mother typed up something on her & my Dad.....though not as detailed as what I have for FIL.
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