COPD and oxygen therapy: Will I really need the therapy in the future?
Last January 18 I experienced a flare up. Our daughter had just had a double mastectomy. One minute I am with her, the next I am in intensive care with priest giving last sacrament. Spent 4 months bouncing between hospital and rehab. I would start to improve and something else, such as shortness of breath would start up. So rehab, I was in 5 different rehab facilities, would send me to the hospital where I laid around and ate lousy food for several days. Then back to rehab. There was a total of 5 trips to the hospital. All 5 in ambulance or transport, I should mention I have been diagnosed with severe COPD. Enough whining.<br />I was sent home with oxygen therapy. My first experience with such. After several days I would remove the oxygen and just breath room air. I would do it for four or five hours at a time. My levels stayed anywhere between 92 & 98 or 99%. I was still short of breath if I exerted myself. I am sure I could have gone without oxygen for a longer period.
My question: what is going on? Will I really need the therapy in the future? I would think if I was short of breath from COPD I would need oxygen. Just can't figure it out.