My husband is 47 and is diagnosed with emphysema. I don't know what stage. He doesn't tell me much. He went to the doctors last week and his pulse ox was 85 then 88 when checked a few minutes later. He continues to smoke cigarretts and pot. He smoked both since he was 13 so 34 years. He drinks and really doesn't take care of himself. I should probably go with him next month to his appointment. He's always out of breath and complains about tightness in his chest alot. He is 6 feet and weighs about 135 pounds.
When he was 30 he had 3 spontaneous pneumothoraxes and he had a surgery to stick his lung to his chest wall. In his other lung he gets small spontaneous pneumothoraxes which don't require a chest tube once in a great while.
My question to you is what should I look for on when to bring him to the ER? He doesn't do much. He takes naps often. He has started walking with me for about an hour a day. He is not on oxygen. I'm not to sure what to look for. I know he needs to quit smoking and such but he has to do that. I just don't want to find him dead at home.
Sorry for being so blunt but just wondering what to look for in case I need to call an ambulance. Thank you.
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