My sister is waiting for a lung transplant. Help me reduce her anxiety.
June 10, 2012 6:20 PM Subscribe
My sister is in hospital waiting for a lung transplant. Help me keep her rampaging anxiety under control.
posted by teedee2000 to health & fitness (20 answers total)
Right now my thirtysomething sister is in hospital waiting for a lung transplant. (She has pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive degenerative disease that reduces lung function until they eventually quit.) Quite unexpectedly her lungs gave out and she was rushed to hospital, where she has been for the past week, hooked up to an intravenous blood oxygenator (though fortunately she was able to go off the respirator and is only using nose oxygen at the moment). At this point she is waiting for donor lungs, which could come at any time.
The problem is, even though she has truly world-class care from an amazing team of doctors and nurses, she is constantly stressed out, which is understandable. She can't leave her bed, she is hooked up to a big thing that circulates her blood and she is terrified that at any minute her world is going to end. (Her nurses are wonderful and calm her with soothing talk, as do other medical people, but my sister is too smart and doubtful for her own good.) FYI she is also not able to have tons of anti-anxiety meds because many of them suppress her breathing.
This stress is bad. It elevates her blood pressure, makes her breathing more labored and causes mental agony at times. So my question is, does anyone who has gone through something similar in some way have any tips for my sister on how to keep her stress and fear and anxiety under control? Any experience from other Mefites would be mucho appreciated.
Thank you. (And please become a donor, it really does save lives.)