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Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmanary Disease -or- C.O.P.D.

Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmanary Disease is the Nation's Fourth leading fatal disease?

I was diagnosed with emphysema in 1984, but have only been on a concentrated oxygen machine about seven years. It has helped me dramatically, and although life is difficult at times, and "not-so-fun", I know that I would not be around without my machine. So I call it my air-buddy!! We have become great pals, and rather attached to one another!! -Grin-

Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for COPD. So if you suffer from this disease, then you know how important it is to learn how to manage the disease. There are things that we can do that can enable us to lead better lives.

I would like to share a few tips that I've learned that help me deal with COPD in the hope that they may help you too.

NOTE: These are tips only. They help me. I am not a doctor and I'm not giving medical advice.
I am only sharing what helps me. Never do anything without the advice of your doctor.

  • TAKING SHOWERS:
    Because our lungs can't provide the rest of our body with the oxygen it needs to function properly, it is very important that we use our energy wisely. Did you know that showering uses more energy than you realize? I purchased an inexpensive plastic patio chair and placed it in my shower stall. VOILA!! Instant bath seat. For me, sitting while showering saves a lot of energy.

  • VERY SHORT OF BREATH:
    Whenever you're having more difficulty than usual with your breathing, it's important not to panic. When this happens to me, I close my mouth and inhale slowly and deeply through my nose. Then I open my mouth and exhale out as deeply as I can. I continue breathing in this manner for awhile and soon I'm able to breath much easier. Of course if this doesn't work, by all means get medical attention as fast as you can.

  • PLANNED ACTIVITIES:
    Again, because it's important to conserve our energy, I plan my activities and/or movements ahead of time. If I'm going to another room, I check to make certain I'm taking everything I will need so that I don't have to make several trips back and forth from room to room. Just little things like that really helps me conserve my energy.

  • STOP SMOKING:
    I was a smoker for many years, so I know how difficult it is to quit. I finally quit AFTER the damage was already done to my lungs. If you suffer from C.O.P.D. and are a smoker, then you know how important it is to quit smoking.

    The AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION is now offering a fantastic Free Online program to help people across the country and around the world to quit smoking. This is a seven-part course to help smokers understand why they smoke, the benefits of quitting, and tips for staying smoke-free.
    For all the details, here is the link: Freedom From SmokingŪ Online

If you suffer from C.O.P.D. and would like to share your story with me or just write to me, please feel free to do so. Just send an email to: -SOXIE-

I would enjoy hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my page.