Our expert says:
The end stages of emphysema can indeed be horrible - and make another powerful reason for not smoking, as smoking is a common cause of it. But oh dear, what a sequence of unhappy events and challenges !
I hope your mom's eye op goes well. Sad, as it sounds as though the results could have been so much better for both eyes, if the op had been done earlier. But we're all wiser after the event, aren't we ? Good to hear that others in the family have been so supportive and helpful, too.
From my own experience, an important and helpful thing to do, and one so very easy to overlook or forget, is simply to keep tabs on what she is able to do for herself, and encourage her to do it and praise her for doing it well. Its so easy for us to get caught up in being helpful, and doing not only what must be done for her, but to make her feel redundant by doing everything. Indeed, if you can find some things she can do form you, however small, that camn be so encouraging
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