Sudden deterioration in breathing
Over the last week or so, my father’s breathing has gotten much worse. Not sure if it has anything to do with the weather but it went into the -15s here in Toronto, so it’s been quite cold. He was on 3.5L of oxygen for the last 6 months or so and now we’ve had to up it to 5L of oxygen. And yet, he’s completely out of breath just getting up from a seated to standing position. He starts panicking as well, which makes it worse. The 5L oxygen concentrator is at the maximum.
We’ve called the respiratory therapist who is going to come assess him on Monday and provide us with a 10L oxygen concentrator – I’m going to call her again tomorrow to come and give us the 10L machine right away – I don’t think we can wait until Monday. I hope that will help him. Called the pulmonologist as well, who is going to take a week or so to get back to us so he’s of no help. If it gets really bad, we’ll call an ambulance of course but I’m just surprised how much worse it has become all of a sudden.
Has anyone else here experienced a rapid deterioration and did an increase in oxygen help? What else can we do to help him?
Thanks in advance,
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