Ralph’s Patient Story – Interstitial Lung Disease | Temple Health

Ralph’s Patient Story – Interstitial Lung Disease | Temple Health


My dad was always
the rock of the family. So seeing him struggle to breathe,
it was really heart-breaking. My dad was always
so strong and independent. He fished with us,
played tennis with us. He was always very active. A few years ago, we started
to notice a change in my dad. He started to have less energy.
He would lose his breath a little more easily. He was on the couch.
He had the oxygen mask. He wasn’t able to do those things. It really was a shock to us. My dad was going downhill very quickly,
and we knew something had to be done. He was in and out of local
hospitals a couple of times. Nobody was really able to
accurately diagnose him. I think that was probably the scariest
thing is not knowing what it was. We didn’t know what
was going to happen. Was he going to be OK?
Was he going to make it? We knew we needed
a place that had more experience. So they recommended
the Temple Lung Center. And that was the best
decision we ever made. Immediately you could
feel a difference at Temple. From the doctors to the
testing that was done there. To even just sitting in the waiting
room with the other lung patients. We just knew he was in the right place.
He was going to get the best care he could. So I think at Temple Lung Center
they just tend to see more cases like his. Things that are a little bit more rare.
So they seem to have more knowledge. Just right off the bat they seemed
to have a better understanding of what was going on with him. They really came up with a plan for him,
how they could make him better, how they could treat him, and I felt
like they found the right mix for him. You know, it was a combination of
medicine, pulmonary therapy, oxygen. And they really knew what would
get him back to where he was. I love watching my kids with Grandpa
and seeing them play with him and interact with him. And now knowing that he’ll be around
to see all those special moments that are still to come in their
life is just amazing. I’m grateful to Temple because
without Temple I don’t think my dad would be where he is today. They gave him his life back.
We got our dad back. The grandkids got Grandpa back. They didn’t just give us hope.
They gave us him, which is great.

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