Taking Care of Others

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So many times in life, we have to take the focus off our own problems and help others in need. February was like that for me.

My father has emphysema, but it’s controllable with inhalers. At the end of January, he became very ill. Now that we’ve sorted it all out, there were three things that happened in a a span of a week. He had a reaction to a new drug, Spiriva, he developed a bronchial infection, and he was retaining fluids in his heart and lungs because he was taken off his diuretic.

The combination left us fearful and bewildered. He went from being able to walk 2 miles a day to not being able to get out of his chair without breathing troubles. It was so hard to watch this very active person be reduced to old age mentality.

In this case, it all worked out. Once each problem was indentified and resolved, his breathing returned to normal. The constant fatigue went away. It still took about two weeks for his body to return to health.

Things like this are not only scary for the person suffering from them, but for the family. One starts to think about how much care the person will need, will this be the best shape they’ll be in for the rest of their lives, and so on. As a chronically ill person myself, the extra burden of keeping track of the doctors, treatments, and medications of another family member can really be overwhelming. Organization and support are the things that see your through.

One comment

  1. Sasha

    thanks and wow! just wanted to say that your site and writing has been a happy find. I know I’ve been to it before – but you know how you go away for a little bit of time and come back and it all seems as if you’ve never read a particular blog before? Way to go for journaling abut your personal life and dealing with chronic disease. it is always a journey!! I hope you come back to check mine out again http://typeawithra.wordpress.com


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