My father just turned 56 years old today. He has had emphysema for 8 years. He has been on oxygen for about 3 years. He's been in the hospital for 7 weeks now. He's very weak; he can't get up at all unless he has help. He's not well at all. His lungs are shot, we are told. The doctor says there is nothing we can do for him but bring in Hospice. I can't help but think there has got to be something we can try for him. I don't want to give up!!! He's too young! He's got a lot of spunk still, and he wants to live, too. But he's also accepted that he is going to die. I heard of a drug out of Mexico that has done wonders for people, but I don't know the name or anything about it. Neither does the doctor, nor does he seem to care to find out. I also read about a drug that reverses emphysema-retoic acid- the Massaro's are doing experiments. What do you know? Please help!
In Reply to: end-stage emphysema posted by Beth on August 12, 1998 at 21:44:47:
There are at least 2 things he can do at even this late stage that WILL help (and likely help a lot). The only fly in the ointment would be if he is still smoking. If so, nothing will help.
As you may know by now, my 'puter has crashed and I am not at home. SO, I am not where I can get the references you need. The university of Michigan medical school demonstrated (more than 10 years ago) that the very gentle up & down motion of a "mini-trampoline" greatly enhances the lymphatic flow in the lungs and helps this stage of emphysema a lot. About 10 minutes several times a day shows beginning results in about a week.
The individual does not even have to be the one doing the effort. If the patient will just sit on the side of bouncy part of the tramp, someone else can do the gentle bouncing & the person will go up & down. That is enough. Usually, there is enough improvment in a week or so that the individual can do it himself after that. There is a book called "Rebounding Aerobics" by Carter that discusses the technique. It is possiblly out of print. Ask your library to find you a copy.
The other approach is one that has been in the medical/surgical journals for 15 years. Removal of the carotid bodies (little glands in the neck that are just under the skin) instantly shows dramatic improvement in more than 90% of the cases. The man who pioneered this procedure is in California. I tthink the resistance to his breakthrough is akin to the resistence of the medical profession to Semmelweis' discovery that it was important for surgeons to wash their hands 300 years ago.
Anyhow, if his doc knows nothing about it, You could instigate a search at the medical library about "removel of carotid bodies in terminal emphysema". THEN, take the articles to his doc and PRESS.
Let us know what happens & good luck!