Re: Questions on Lung Transplants
I understand your dilemma. I too have severe COPD but function fairly well. On the other hand, my best friend who is 57, has pretty much reached the end of the road and should be transplanted within 3 months. The thing is, your husband can be evaluated by the transplant team and go thru rigorous testing (which is good, because it finds even the smallest problem), after which time they (not your doctor) will recommend he eigher go forward or try to make the most of what he has. The patient must be both bad enough for transplant yet good enough to survive the surgery. He can decide at any time to withdraw from the transplant list.
All lung disease sufferers dread catching even a cold because it can so easily go into our lungs and lead to respiratory distress resulting in being placed on a ventilator or respirator. I'm sure this is a concern for your husband.
Lung transplantation is not the death sentence it used to be. I know one woman who is 7 years out and going strong; another man is going on his 15th year. Yes, they must take meds for the rest of their lives. Check out 'Second Wind' online.
How does your husband feel about transplant? Has he gone thru pulmonary rehab? It can do wonders, even for the sickest patient. I wish you both the best...Patty