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19 hours ago · Travel to high altitude with COPD: Need to take precautions? in Lung Health

Thank you, Becky. We are thinking about cutting over on Hwy 69 since we haven't traveled south of Granite before. We will be driving our 1500 AWD Ram truck, arriving Oct 23rd. Do you think we should go to Denver and then out? Besides the scary 82, we have also been to Estes Park and Pikes Peak. All trips were Both trips were fine for him, but his health was better then. Thank you for your tips.
Mayo actually just now returned his call from 2 days ago and I talked to her (he is sleeping). She said their schedule was weeks out and thought his condition should be seen locally within the next week or two. So I called another clinic (not the VA where he has a tele-appt set) and he will be seen Oct 5th by a doctor he saw in ER awhile back. I sure feel a lot better knowing he will be at a clinic that actually has a pulmonary department. Perhaps we will not be doing any traveling, but that's fine. This comes first! Thank you!
Sometimes when I post on this Mayo board, it clears my mind and puts the urgency in perspective. THANK YOU, ALL!

2 days ago · Travel to high altitude with COPD: Need to take precautions? in Lung Health

Thank you! We decided to make a loop trip and go down to TX to see our other daughter, too. Her work has a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the hotel she manages so the timing works to see both of them.
I hadn't realized South Africa was a higher altitude, but an African Safari is on our bucket list. I don't suppose there is a leaf like that around here.
I have heard of even healthy people using O2 on their first night of being in the Vail/Avon area, but I don't know how it works. Does it require a mask? Is it something we should get here in Minnesota before we leave or wait until we get into CO? Do you return the bottles? Sorry for my ignorance on these things. We do use a finger monitor and he always stops when out of breath (which is often). He doesn't get any exercise, especially now when he doesn't even go into stores with me. His intentions are good, but……
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2 days ago · Travel to high altitude with COPD: Need to take precautions? in Lung Health

We are driving. I wish he had a pulmonologists! I wish he could see a doctor. With the virus everything is being put off and since his procedure he has not had an actual heart or lung doctor (smaller community). If he can get in for an appointment before we go (in a month) I would feel so much better, but they quit taking non-emergency patients last March and currently the numbers of COVID have greatly increased in our area. I don't know what is the lessor of the two evils. Were we are traveling the rate is much lower, so that is comforting.
Anyway, yes we have a couple pulse oximeters and we check the levels daily, especially when we travel. When it is low I check mine, too, so I know if it is the environment of just him. At night his O2 goes quite low (concerning to me, brushed off by him).
Those O2 meters are awesome! He could never tell when his heart was beating really fast so if we would have had one when his heart rate was going crazy, he could have been treated before he got so bad. I since have sent several to family members when they or their spouse has had issues. They are a greatly appreciative gift.
Thank you for the link and your responds. Greatly appreciated.

2 days ago · Travel to high altitude with COPD: Need to take precautions? in Lung Health

We are planning a road trip to CO to see our daughter (who is isolated and Covid free) and I am wondering what people do when a person has COPD when going to a higher elevation (7240 ft). We have been there several times before, but not since he had an ablation on his heart a couple years ago. His heart is good now, but his oxygen level is typically around 91-92. Thank you.

Tue, Sep 8 8:34pm · Cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

I am no expert, but it sure sounds like it to me. My mother also had a problems judging distances. Get a lot of rest and the best of healing to you.

Wed, May 27 12:50pm · Cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

If she wants to sleep, I suggest you allow her to do so. Mom's doctor said that rest from the bleeds is the best medicine there is. Only when she is better, should she be encouraged to strengthen her brain (read, games, etc). When Mom would have her bleeds, I would bring her to my house and she slept on the bed in my office nearly all day (getting up for bathroom and nourishment only). It would usually take 3-5 days before she would be interested in being up a few hours at a time. Your wife needs her rest more than anything right now. She will get better.

Wed, May 27 11:42am · Cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

She really liked and respected him. Throughout the years, even if he hadn't seen her for awhile, he consulted with our local doctors when we had setback. When she was being a bit impossible, we were able to say, "Remember what Dr Rabinstein said?" Sometimes I would use some of his same questions to monitor her condition.
There are people who enjoy things like puzzles and games, which help keep the mind occupied. My mom was not one of them. She was a retired nurse and enjoyed visiting with her peers (once we got her to the right facility) and she always loved dancing, even if only with her hands near the end. She claimed to have been able to feel when she had more bleeds and her balance would go way off. Having her get a lot of sleep was extremely important. We could see a huge comeback.
We feel very blessed that unlike a lot of (dementia related illness) patients, she actually got nicer and more loving, and we still thank God that she always knew who we were. Her mind was actually quite brilliant in many ways throughout her entire illness.

Wed, May 27 11:38am · Cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

Wishing you the best.