One Breath at a Time
One Breath at a Time

As a caregiver to a loved one with COPD, Holly McBain offers a unique insight into the trials and tribulations this disease has on the patient, the caregiver, and immediate family. Over the course of time, Holly and her mother have encountered a wide swath of issues concerning the disease and its effects on the patient and how it also affects the caregiver.

  • Mar 16 2012

    How to Decompress and Cope as a Caregiver

    Unlike visiting or live-in nurses (who have shift changes), a caregiver for a loved one stricken with COPD and living in your home rarely has a break from the daily activities—you are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. If your patient is on oxygen ...

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  • Mar 15 2012

    Do Not Resuscitate: The Reality of a DNR

    It was March 2010, and my father-in-law was dying of COPD. He had been in an acute care hospital for a week after spending more than a month in the hospital. As my husband, my mother-in-law, and I made the trek down the hall to his room, I bega...

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  • Mar 12 2012

    Welcome to My World

    Hi! Welcome to my blog concerning the trials and tribulations as a caregiver for my mom, who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. I am humbled to be involved with Healthline.com as a writer detailing my experiences as a caregiver ...

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About the Author

Since a COPD diagnosis in 2006, Holly has served as the caregiver for her mother Joan.

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