Help for Mom
My mom is currently in the hospital (not Mayo yet) with serious lung issues. She is currently on a ventilator because the doctors say her body isn't strong enough to exert the pressure needed to make her lungs function properly. My mom had basically passed out from too much carbon dioxide in the blood. The doctors say that her lungs are really stiff and are hard to expand. She has had fluid in one lung off and on since she had lung surgery in 2010 to remove a layer of scar tissue or something from one of her lungs. The doctors said that it looks like she has fluid in her lungs but nothing comes out. Since she has been on the ventilator, they have been doing nebulizer treatments that have really helped to loosen this thick mucus in her lungs that she has been complaining to her pulmonologist about for well over a year. Today, day 3 on the ventilator, he basically wrote her off and said that there's no hope and she will have to live the rest of her life on machines and in a nursing home. The other pulmonologist we saw on days 1 and 2 said that there is still a lot unknown yet and we have to give her time to see how or if she improves. I told the nurses that I wanted the pulmonologist she had for over a year taken off her case. Has anyone had anything like what my mom has? I feel like there has to be more options. With her being tied to a ventilator right now and in a hospital, how could I get Mayo to review her case? With the top pulmonology dept in the country, I would think that they would at least try to give her a fighting chance, instead of writing her off without even trying anything. I would appreciate any advice.