Feb 19, 2011 - 12:35 pm
A really good friend of mine who's 66 yrs was a big smoker from age of 15 yrs until probably last year. Over the past 7 years has had 5-way bypass surgery (still smoked), a few breathing stints where placed in hospital and last year put on mobile oxygen. Finally quit smoking as this last scare got to her.
Presently living with son in Alabama and holding her own until last week. Son called to inform me mom was having heart issues(racing), splitting headache and very hot. Rushed to hospital and instantly put her on ventilator and admitted to ICU. She was in ICU for 7 days and just taken off ventilator.
Today (8 days since first admitted) in hospital with what her son is calling SHOT LUNGS. She can breathe on her own barely, but in need of some breathing device to support. CO2 levels have been high since entry in hospital and docs are concerned. Also, she's not a candidate for lung transplant.
Question, how can one function without use of lungs? What can docs offer....life on oxygen 24/7....do they put a patient on this for remaining years? Curious...what happens at this juncture in a situation like this?
We want to know more....
Thanks for any support and/or guidance...this is the pitts~~