My wife struugles to breath

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Libisa
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   Posted 6/10/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible to buy or hire an oxygen bottle and mask. My wife has chronic asthma, and suffers badly especially at night. She is using Pulmicort and Bricanyl Turbohalers, which just isn't strong enough. I am so worried because she is really struggling at times.

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   Posted 6/10/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes there is. You (or her) should talk to her doctor and have him/her prescribe them for her. But it sounds like her asthma is not under control. What other types of medications has she tried?
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Libisa
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   Posted 6/10/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
As far a I can remember only Pulmicort and Bricanyl Turbohalers, though I think she was on something called Betacap

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/10/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have COPD with exaserbation.I'm on oxygen 24/7 use Perforomist & Albuteral in my nebulizer....If your wife's Dr feels she needs Oxygen he will put her on it......Not the thing to do without a Dr order............Not to mention it's VERY expensive...........
SnowyLynne


couchtater
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   Posted 6/10/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
She needs a preventive medication like advair or sprivia.

Joy

Libisa
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   Posted 6/10/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, you have all been so very helpful. I will get an appointment with the doctor, and find out more about these other medications. I have seen how bad asthma can be at first hand with my wife's brother who had it really bad and almost died several times. He was 14 and somehow got through it. Now he's a fit guy of 48 with no health problems. My wife is 57 and was never 100% so I'm worried.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/10/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
If your wife was 65,on medicare,with a supplement you would have no out of pocket expenses except for the supplement policy........alot cheaper than oxygen.......
SnowyLynne


Joan M
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   Posted 6/11/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
If your wife has enough work units, she can receive social security disability and medicare. Goodness knows, sounds like she can use it.

Libisa
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   Posted 6/11/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about delay getting back to you. It's 00:57am UK time, and I've been on to NHS 24. They're sending a doctor to see her. Will let you know how she gets on. In meantime, many thanks for your concern.

Libisa
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   Posted 6/11/2010 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Doctor came out and ran tests sats were 77 to 79. He put my wife on a nebuliser then ran test again sats went up to 91 this time, but dropped down to 88. An ambulance was called and my wife taken into hospital at 03:15. He told us that he may have been happy if sats had been 92 or over. CVX asthma with exasberation.

couchtater
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   Posted 6/12/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! How is she today? I hope they can fix her quickly.

Joy

Libisa
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   Posted 6/13/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Seen her on Sunday evening, and there was night and day of a difference; Colour in her face and a lot perkier, still has a heavy cough. Spoke to ward sister and she told me they were concerned about a shadow on one lung, also the stats are fine when she's on and comes off oxygen for a while (94 - 96). But it quickly drops again while off it. Steroids they are giving her also help. I will call the ward after 11am to get more info after surgeons have did the rounds.

Joan M
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   Posted 6/13/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
am sorry to say that pregnancy often disturbs asthma/allergies. was she ever checked for allergies?

hoping for the best for your wife.

couchtater
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   Posted 6/13/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope she gets well soon.
Please keep us updated.

Joy

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   Posted 6/13/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,


I have been following your thread and I am so glad your wife is receiving good care and I pray she will recover and soon be home with you again.



Blessings,



Kitt

Libisa
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   Posted 6/14/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all ever so much, for your concern and comments. My wife is doing fine at present, and will be getting home from the hospital today at 5pm. tests showed a shadow on one of her lungs, but the consultant reckons it can be cleared up with antibiotics. They have prescribed a stronger inhaler, the first one wasn't working properly. So instead of using it a maximum of 4 time in 24 hrs, she was having to try it 30 - 40 times because she wasn't getting any benefit. This resulted in worsening the condition. She still has a heavy cough, but at least she can get the cough up, whereas before this she was trying to cough while being unable to get a breath in or out. Her colouring has massively improved, as on reflection we had got so used to seeing her we hardly noticed her complexion being of a grey appearance. Now she has more colour and looks brighter. I will let you all know more regarding the exact medication with any other information later. In the mean time please accept my sincerest thanks once again.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/14/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
When I take 02 off my sats drop dramatically to the 70's.I will be on it the rest of my life i imagine....
SnowyLynne


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 6/14/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisba! So glad your wife can come home today! I know you must be so relieved. I hope the antibiotics knock out what is hanging out in her lungs quickly!!

Libisa
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   Posted 6/14/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34, SnowyLynne, couchtater, Joan M, shuvvykins, aimsgirl16. (hope I haven't missed anyone out)

You have all been great, my wife is now on: AMOXICILLIN 500mg X 3 a day, PREDNISOLINE 5mg X 1 a day, SYMBICORT 200/6 TURBOHALER 2 Dose X 2 a day, TERBUTALINE X 1 Dose + TURBOHALER as required.

SATS on discharge 95, peak flow 220l/min (though they want this increased). This will be monitored at a day clinic by a Respiratory nurse.

My prayers and thanks to you all, especially those who are also suffering yet take time to help others.

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 6/14/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Please keep us updated on how she does once she ges home!!! My thoughts and prayers are with both of you!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad to hear she has progressed so well and now at home again with you. I wish you both the best and please do keep us posted. The members here are awesome and now your one of the family here.


I wish you peace,



Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 6/15/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear they were able to help her.
Give her a hug from all of us.

Joy

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 7/20/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought my own oximieter so i can check my o2 levels every day or wnenever....Worth it's weight in gold.....
SnowyLynne

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