Hello everyone! Need some help sorting out how best
to help my grandfather. A little background information:
He stopped smoking 10 years ago but has smoked for approximately 30 years, stopping at the age of 60. He was not a heavy smoker, on average 5 cigarettes a day.
He went through pneumonia ~30 years ago and never really got over the symptoms. However just a year ago some problems began to surface. His shortness of breath became more evident. Other symptoms include swelling in the feet, coughing up blood at times, and a dry morning cough.
My father suggested that my grandfather visit a doctor and get an examination. The doctor found that my grandfather's lungs had become "fibrous" and were not taking in as much oxygen as they should have been.
I've been doing some research on what could be the problem, even suggesting that asbestos could have scarred the inside of his lungs. He has had contact with asbestos before, however it was in small quantities and not for extended duration of time. This rules out mesothelioma, although it doesn't exclude the possibility of asbestosis. The doctor said that there were no cancerous growths in or around his lungs, though.
What I'd like to know is whether or not an oxygen concentrator is suitable for him. I know that he has trouble getting a good night's sleep at times, and I thought that low flow oxygen at night might help him breath easier.
I'd really appreciate some help! I'd like to know:
Is an oxygen concentrator suitable for my grandfather?
Are there any adverse effects of using an oxygen concentrator?
What could explain the "fibrous" nature of his lungs?
What might be the problem with my grandfather's lungs?
Thanks in advance to all!