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    my fianc?e was diagnosed with stage 3 COPD, Emphysema, and black mold poisoning
    An_257176 posted:
    I guess I just might need reasureance but my fiancée was diagnosed with stage 3 COPD, emphysema, and black mold poisoning in his body. He refuses to take meds because he doesn't want to become dependent on them. He is supposed to be on oxygen and isn't. He hasn't seen a Dr since march of 2013. That's when he was diagnosed and his Dr said maybe 2yrs to live. He's still smoking. [br>Is there anything I can do to help him? [br>He's really uncomfortable. He's tired a lot, doesn't do things as fast as he used to, doesn't sleep good, eats less, he says that his breathing is getting worse, he's way more irritable and has mood swings, he also seems not to really remember a lot of things either which is unusual because he's always been very good at remembering. I'm not sure if there anything I can do, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    mrtibbs responded:
    HI AN !
    This is my first post / reply on COPD. Sometimes <we <the afflicted > feel alone and useless. I was diagnosed in 22008, not sure what level, but no meds were needed at that time, just antibiotics to get rid of Bronchitis.
    I continued to smoke and then began to drink, then hardly moved, except to eat. I was in a terrible mess and it was getting worse everyday. Ever my personal hygene was getting bad, it was a serious chore taking a shower. I had ballooned to 281 pounds and was short of breath just washing myself. Last year I suffered from phnuemonia for the first time and several additional bouts with terrible right lung pains. I use puffers at this point.

    I quit smoking finally, dropped 30 pounds on a diet and began doing some small things, like dishes, walking into a mall. It required many of sit downs along the way. Now I walk up the McKinley Monument stairs , and around the Tomb then back down. If the humidity is up, it's harder but in just 4 - 5 months I have pulled off miricles. I never thought I'd be doing it again. I thought for sure I was doomed as my dad dying flat on his back.
    Your fiance has to want to live and be willing to give it his all. Hey place his smokes outside, if he wants one bad enough he'll walk. I was so tired all the time and the less he does, the worse it will get. It's sad and I know they blame the bulk of it on cigs, but many things contribute to the lung disease.

    His memory could be a sign that he's not getting enough oxygen to his brain. My best wishes for him and all he has to do is want to feel better. Then he can start doing some things that will help him feel better. Let him know if he don't like the results in 90 days he can always go back to smoking. Misery loves company ~ Peace

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