mother was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD in 2003. I
had worked in a hospital years earlier and remembered the
slow decline of the emphysema and COPD patients and their
repeated hospital stays. I was very worried but felt sure
the pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry had
developed medications that would at least stop the progress
of this disease. After all, it had been more than 25 years
since I had worked in that hospital.
Medications and Treatments
a few months the doctor precribed multiple medications and
treatments. My mother seemed to think that these medications
would stop the progress of the disease and heal her lungs.
She also thought that since she had stopped smoking, her
emphysema and COPD would not continue progressing.
first the medications seemed to provide relief from the
symptoms but I soon realized that this relief was temporary.
Once the drug wore off, my mother was right back where she
had been before taking the drug. I didn't realize this at
first. I thought that maybe the treatments were slowly healing
her lungs and stopping this disease.
Treatments with Albuterol Sulfate and DuoNeb™
of the prescribed treatments was using a nebulizer machine
with Albuterol Sulfate. This was increased over
time from 2 treatments a day to 4 treatments. These treatments
provided some relief from the congestion associated with
emphysema and COPD.
Rehab Provides Noticeable Improvements in Emphysema and
with these medications and treatments my mother was sent
to Pulmonary Rehab. Even though this was only twice a week
it truly inspired her. She would give it her all when she
got there and made noticeable improvements in her ability
to exercise. Being around other people with the same disease
was helpful to an extent. Some of the patients that had
already deteriorated down to End Stage created fear and
horror in my mother.
Stage Emphysema - Stage IV
two and a half years under two doctors care my mother had
deteriorated down to End
Stage Emphysema, also designated as Stage IV Emphysema
or Stage IV COPD. During that time I made sure she took
all the prescribed medications and did all the ordered nebulizer
treatments. I had printed checklists and kept accurate records
making sure we did not miss anything the doctors had ordered.
is Emphysema and COPD Progressing So Long After Smoking
asked my mother's Pulmonary Specialist why her emphysema
and COPD were progressing so long after she quit smoking.
It had been more than 2 years yet this disease had continued
progressing at an alarming rate! The doctor's response surprised
me. At first he said that, "It might be the alpha-1-antitrypsin
had covered the alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
in my research and knew it was a genetic disorder that generally
materialized in patients before they turned 40. We both
knew my mother's problem was from smoking cigarettes for
more than 3 decades!
finally admitted, "The truth is, we don't know,
it's a mystery."
there we had it! The whole truth and nothing but the truth!
The doctors, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical
industry did not even understand why this disease progressed
so naturally the treatments they had developed were ineffective!
medical industry was relentless in their testing and quantifying
of everything associated with this disease. They just had
no idea what was causing the disease progression or how
to stop it so they had no idea what to do with the information
compiled through their exhaustive list of tests!
realized that if my mother was going to survive emphysema
and COPD I would need some alternative treatments. These
conventional treatments did nothing more than temporarily
mask symptoms! Some claimed they slowed the progress of
the disease but not one claims their drug will cure the
disease or even stop its progress!
decided I would continue researching and either solve this
big mystery of why emphysema and COPD progressed or my mother
would take her last breath but I was not going to throw
in the towel even though I was up against these impossible
odds! How was I going to find the solution when the entire
medical and pharmaceutical industries couldn't figure it
was when I started praying a lot. I needed help and not
just a little help from a friend. I needed a Divine Intervention
and I was asking for it daily!