If you see a family or friend suffering from COPD, you are always struggling for health. As relatives and friends of patients, you can only take care of them and try to maintain their quality of life and alleviate them. Fight the stress of the disease, however, it is not easy to deal with the patient’s physical or psychological needs. Here are the four key points on how to take care of them.
Learn about COPD
Learn more about diseases, and learn more about them through professional medical media or books. This can add positivity to the feelings of the patient. Perhaps in the usual case, you can write down some of the patient’s condition in the notebook, or questions, then consult a physician when returning to the visit.
Organize the list of life
If you feel that you have to balance your workplace and family, but also have to balance your patient’s lives, you can watch your routine, write down what you should do, and organize a list of things you need to do, track your progress every day. For example, you can record the medications taken, the duration of the medication, and whether the body is abnormal, etc., to remind the patient to inform the doctor. Most importantly, if the patient still smokes, pay attention to the amount of smoking. If he is willing to try to quit smoking, remember to be aware of withdrawal symptoms, encourage and accompany the patient to participate in group sessions.
Don’t be impatient.
Pain discomfort can cause irritability, frustration and annoyance. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms include asthma, coughing and phlegm. Therefore, relatives and friends should be relatively calm and do not need to be anxious because of the patient’s temper. Give patients a little more time to relax. Perhaps you can discuss each other’s feelings, relieve stress and not amplify the emotional response.
Please seek medical attention for sudden signs.
If symptoms continue to worsen, the chance of COPD onset increases significantly. Therefore, family and friends also need to pay attention to these signs and to prevent them. Consult a doctor immediately if you have the following conditions:
Unable to breathe.
More cough than usual, even causing chest pain
Respiratory sputum becomes more, viscous, color changes
Edema of hands and feet
Tired, not mentally, weak.
shortness of breath with difficulty sleep