Can’t do PFT
Hi, I’m starting my PF journey with my dad. It’s not a recent diagnosis but one that has been mismanaged for over a year. He’s 52 and has been coughing for over two years and only recently been breathless on exertion for the past 6 weeks (walking up stairs, slight inclines, physical activity etc). I’ve taken him to a pulmonologist who has ordered him to do a lung function test in addition to blood tests to start the diagnosis.
My dad couldn’t complete the lung function test. He’s unable to exhale long enough for the reading to provide any meaningful information. Not sure if it’s a psychological thing but the lady administering the test said for his age he should definitely go a little longer. He doesn’t believe he can. He exhales, takes a breath and continues exhaling when they want him to do one long breath out. He said on a recent encounter where he had to do a random roadside breathalyser test he attempted it 3 times and wasn’t able to do that either.
Anyways, the lady at the hospital said she would have to call up the pulmonologist to see if there were any other tests they could do that was ‘less patient dependent’. She hasn’t called the pulmonologist yet.
I’m freaking out and stressed. Without this lung function test I don’t think we’ll be able to progress with his diagnosis or get him on any medication to slow it down or find out any further details such as life expectancy.
Do you guys really think my dad can’t do the test? Is there anything I can help him with so he’s able to do the test? Should we go back another day and reattempt the test? Feeling really lost and helpless…
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