I wld be grteful for advice frm any medical pract. out there- My mother is 91 has angina and lung dis COPD,also ins dependt Diabetic. Had aphasic stroke year bfore last,then in hosp again last yr )with Pneumonia fr mths.Evry Feb her lungsget an infect,with fluid. Again this yr we are trying to kp her at home has been on abiotics for one wk and still coughing bad.The doctor originally told us she didnt have a lung infection until we got her to hos. Then the specialist said she has.Is there any old fashioned thing we could try to encourage more progress in her recovery. Many thanks. Regards Ch
I apologize as I cannot help you with an answer to the question you posed. I just wanted to let you know that I hope and pray for the best for you and your family.
Not a medical practitioner but an home old home practice in michigan for congested lungs is fish oil. Try liquid form(Norwegian type)
Lung infections are hard, especially on elderly. She's probably quasi-recovered by now; but to keep then away in the future:
maximize her mobility
have her expand her lungs a lot (you've probably seen those little things she blows
in that are plastic and she raises a ball and holds it" Well, make sure she does
that a few times a day
make sure plenty of liquids; with the COPD, find out from her doctor HOW MUCH,
but liquids thin out the secretions of 'junk' in her lungs so she can cough them
up. I emphasize checking with her physician, because she can develop CHF if
lungs and heart aren't working well or are compromised and then you're taking
care of one problem, only to create another.
plenty of rest
when she is going to eat, make sure she's sitting up, to decree the chance of food
going down the wrong 'pipe'
don't let a doc tell you she doesn't have a lung infection-if you suspect it, you're
probably right. With a history of lung infections, you're more likely to get them
so the doc needs to prove YOU wrong. Don't let it escalate into a battle but she
is your mother, you want to advocate for her, she has a history of lung infections
and repeated bouts of pneumonia are not uncommon in the elderly. I'm a nurse and have seen these scenarios sooo many times. Best of luck and bless you for advocating so much for your Mom. Hugs, Annie
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