My husband has been diagnosed with asthma, following a bout of pneumonia. After trying several different inhalers, he is now supposed to be using a nebulizer (with two different meds) twice a day. When he uses these, the breathing issues are drastically abated. When he won't allow me to give him the treatment shortly after waking, he frequently has shortness of breath and I have to use the inhaler, as you can't use the nebulizer in the midst of a shortness of breath episode. The problem is that he refuses to use allow me to treat him with the nebulizer and gets mad when I try to discuss it. The pulmonary physician is aware but says I can't force him to accept treatment if he refuses.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
This is the website of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which seems to have a lot of useful information about advice, resources and support groups.
your husband probably doesn't understand and he wants more control and probably feels he is losing control. It may feel like snorkeling. Sometimes people get a little apprehensive having to breathe in n out of a snorkel until they get used to it. In any case, he amy just feel uncomfortable using it. Try a shorter treatment if you can. Just a couple of breaths into the "snorkel",and build your way up to the full treatment. You may want to play Nemo, the movie since there is a scene about a mask and snorkel. It's a fun movie if you haven't seen it. I'm trying to think outside the box.
You can try bribery if that would work with your husband. Promise him his favorite breakfast if he endures the treatment.