Hello everyone. Please be patient with me as I am new here and I am accessing this forum through a tablet. Typing with one finger is difficult but I will endeavour to make myself understood as best I can.
I am 67 years old and I have COPD. I smoked for thirty years (quit 17 yrs ago), and I worked as a welder for about fifty years. My pulmonary doctor told me that the welding did far more damage than the smoking did, but either way my lungs are pretty much shot at this point.
Six months ago I was taken into the emergency room with pneumonia. My O2 level was below 40 and I was a real mess. I have been on oxygen ever since my release from the hospital.
Initially, at the hospital, they started me out at 4 liters but my O2 level wouldn't stay above 90. Over the course of the next five months my doctor found that at 5 liters I could maintain 90 as long as I didn't walk, but if I walked twenty or thirty feet my level went down below 80. They moved it up to 6 liters and had the same results.
The last time I went to my pulmonary doctor he brought up the idea of a transplant. I had never given a transplant much thought but figured it wouldn't hurt to find out more so he referred me to the San Antonio transplant center for a consultation.
When I got home from his office I went online and found this forum. It is full of great information and I've figured out a lot just by reading what others have posted. However, I have noticed that, with few exceptions, most people posting here are 30 to 40 years younger than me. I don't know if there is an age point past which they consider transplant surgery too risky or what. Can somebody out there explain why there is not more people over 65 in this forum?