Mum started to visit her healthcare team regularly, and during a regular check up, the pulmonologist found a dark spot on her chest x-ray. Subsequently, the right middle lobe in her lung was removed because of a benign tumor. Following her discharge from hospital, she was prescribed a twice daily inhaler.
I checked to see that she was taking her meds, she wasn’t. After contacting her physician, I found out my mother wasn’t taking her COPD medicine as prescribed and never refilled them.
It was a real shock to hear this. She’d always been so active in her community and had a strong track record of taking good care of others that I assumed she’d apply the same care to her own health. I now understood why her health was increasingly starting to suffer.
Mum confessed to me that she hadn’t been taking her medication. We sat down together with her physician and discussed what the inhaler was for, the correct technique for using it, and, crucially, what to expect if she took it as prescribed. This was a life changer - it meant she could go back to the independent lifestyle she craved.