R.I.P Mr Spock. And for those out there who may not know, he died of COPD. Something I unfortunately know far, far too much about having been my mums carer for the last 9 years who was diagnosed with COPD a decade ago.
COPD is no joke. Not only is it a huge killer, it is a horrible, horrible progressive disease that robs the patient of pretty much any half decent standard of living. Spending each day housebound with only the TV to stare at is no way to live. Oxygen for 16 hours of each day every day, no fun either. Having to take your medication through a nebuliser 8 times a day every day and still fighting all day to get the phlegm up, zero fun I can assure you all. Retching like a dying animal is the best way I can describe what it is like for someone with COPD trying to clear their lungs, and that happens multiple times a day every day for someone with late stage COPD.
I won't even go into all of the other factors and side effects that copd patients go through or I would be here all night!
COPD is BRUTAL and not only does it ruin the life of the patient, it also makes the patient totally reliable on the help of others to live their life with even the tiniest bit of dignity. It will affect the patient and all of their loved ones throughout the progression of the disease.
My dad was diagnosed with CC at a very late stage and it was deemed inoperable from diagnosis. But, even with all that he went through with CC he was still able to enjoy many things in life and even learned how to ride a horse, something that he always wanted to do and I have a ton of pics on my FB page of my dad on Paddy at the riding center during the last months of his life.
Late stage COPD will NOT allow someone to live the last years or months of their life like this, no chance. It will take everything.
My apologies if I am being depressing or anything like that here and my apologies to you Duke if you feel that I have hijacked your thread with my ramblings on all of this tonight. But having spent the last 9 years of my life caring for my mum with COPD and my dad as well with his CC for 18 months too I wanted to let people who may not understand about COPD what it is like for the patient and their carers. I'm sure that Leonard Nimoy would like me to get that message across to others.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/community/leonar … -1.2976181
My apologies to all and RIP Leonard.