Wow Jim. Thanks for sharing your great uncle's story. Bless his heart. I know what emphysema is because my grandpa lived with that horrible disease. Unfortunately my grandpa got it from cigarette smoking. He had been quit for 14 years when he passed away at 79 years old. But the thing is, he started smoking at the age of 6, so all those years of smoking had already caught up with him. I'm sorry that your uncle had to go thru that, but thanks for pointing out that we could live for years with this horrible cp and everything that comes with it.
I hope you're having a low pain day.
love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion