My GP sent me for an X-ray four years ago when I found I couldn’t walk more than a few yards without stopping to rest. The X-ray confirmed my right lung had “collapsed” and I was kept in hospital (in Scotland) overnight. They carried out the procedure next day. It involved jamming a needle into my chest cavity and sucking out 800cc or air that had built up around the lung, stopping it from inflating. Stayed in hospital for one or two nights (I forget which) and my consultant told me after another X-ray that I now had the lungs of an Olympic athlete. Whatever caused the collapse had apparently healed itself. Four years on and no further problems. My surgeon said it was difficult to pin down the cause of a lung collapse but suggested I quit smoking. Still working on that. The only impact was no flying for six months after the procedure and no scuba diving. I assume some cases will be more serious/difficult to treat and a recurrence is always a possibility. A friend of mine had a collapsed lung about 40 years ago and there has been no recurrence. I’m sure your brother is in good hands.
If he really is determined, and it has to be Portugal, he could take a ferry to Northern Spain (either Bilbao or Santander). I’ve done the sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao and it’s a lovely way to get there. The route is run by Brittany Ferries now, it was P&O when I went.
An alternative is to spend time with big sis. Can he get the train to you?
Ha ha… I drive him mad… I’m much too cheerful for him… although he always turns to me in times of trouble…
I’m waiting to see if he is well enough to make the Onc appointment… he sounded dreadful yesterday… we’re taking it one day at a time… The trip has been the light at the end of his tunnel, so to speak for the last 2 years …and I’m not going to be the one to dash his hopes.
If he can’t speak full sentences and is getting worse then he should attend an Emergency Department, if getting more short of breath quickly, 999 would be appropriate as he might have developed a tension pneumothorax which is a different kettle of sardines altogether (and a genuine medical emergency).
He is suffering with cancer… but Guys are sure that the cancer is nothing to do with the collapsed lung. I’ve just messaged him with your thoughts ( he says thanks, by the way. ) He reckons that he is actually breathing slightly better. ( ) but he knows now what to do if he reckons it is any worse.
My daughter is visiting him tomorrow… I will be grateful for her report…
OK, that does make things a bit more complex and makes it even more impossible to offer safe advice 2nd hand via an internet forum so I will refrain from doing so (I hope that you will understand) except to say, as above, if your brother or family think things are getting worse do not think that, just because he left hospital recently, he should not go back to A&E for reassessment.
What a nightmare situation Stella. You truly have my sympathies. I know you can’t go to him so it must be comforting to know your daughter is able to visit. I hope he gets the help he needs to get well.
Oh no Stella that’s terrible - I hope he gets sorted out soon.
When my grandfather was 75 or so he slipped and fell in the snow in Megève and thought nothing of it, dusted himslf down, got in his car and drove home to st Tropez. On arrival he felt grotty so went to A&E as it was night tile and they discovered he’d broken 3 ribs, punctured and collapsed one of his lungs. He was fine after a bit.