Hello, I am new here and also new as a full time caregiver. My family will be moving in with him to take care of him as he has declined hospice or home health. I am trying to learn new coping methods to introduce to my dad so that he can deal with the anxiety and panic attacks. I also think that the medication is rather excessive! I will try to be brief but here are the bullet points.
End Stage Copd diagnosed 10 years ago
*4 Liters Oxygen 24/7
*Bipap nightly and when napping
Advanced stage Right side congested heart failure diagnosed 1 year ago
*Edema in legs recently with skin breakage and fluid leakage
-Afib diagnosed 3 years ago
Anxiety and Panic attacks diagnosed 5 years ago
*5 antidepressant or anxiety medications listed below
- He drives around in his car until he feels like he is not going to die! His O2 can be 65 and he drives his car. IT SCARES ME TO DEATH!
Of all of his conditions this is the one that causes him the most distress. I know its brought on by the lungs and the Copd but I can not stand to watch him suffocate and look at me with “Help me, I’m scared” expressions."
I feel so helpless! I drove him around for 4 hours tonight! I dont know what to do. PLEASE HELP ME HELP HIM! Ant advice will be helpful!