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By Michelle Vincent - October 24, 2017
...I used to wonder why anyone wouldn’t follow their doctor’s orders, but since being diagnosed with COPD I’ve done it myself. In part 1 of this article, I laid out a few of the reasons I think this happens, and I wanted to continue with a few more reasons I’ve found: Bad side-effects. I once gained 8 pounds in a single week. It wasn’t my ice cream habit – I swear – but because I was on Prednisone. When I’m...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - November 10, 2017
... on or wrapping around something that she didn’t see. Here are a few tips to tame the tangled mess. Coil It Up – Although you may sometimes need the full extension of the line, it could be easier to shorten the section you...

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By Editorial Team - July 9, 2017
... Tonya to continually push her mom to live each day as much as possible. They had many travel adventures together. Most often the trip would be to either Disney World or the beach, but there was one “bucket list”...; trip that Tonya knew her mom needed to take. They conquered Hawaii. The memories made during each trip are priceless. What inspired Tonya to write this book: Traveling with COPD was written to encourage others to get out...

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By Kathi MacNaughton - November 21, 2017
.... The tips below may help you conserve your energy so that you can get through each day successfully. #1: Balance Activity & Rest The answer is definitely not to stop all activity in favor of constant rest. You want to keep.... Practice pursed lip breathing to control your exhales. To do this, inhale through your nose and then pucker your lips as though blowing out a candle and breathe out slowly and under control. In Summary You don’t have to just...

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By John Bottrell, RRT - June 14, 2017
.... The most effective breathing strategy involves inhaling slowly through your nose while your diaphragm moves down and your stomach out. You should exhale slowly through pursed lips while your diaphragm moves up and your stomach... into your mouth and create a seal using your lips. Exhale into the device. You will feel some resistance and vibrations when you exhale. This should be repeated ten times or until you feel you need to cough. Use one...

video
By Derek Cummings - October 5, 2017
.... Derek shares his experience with pollutants with COPD, and shares some tips for avoiding them! Do you have any tips for avoiding pollutants? Feel free to share them in the comments! The community is always appreciative...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - December 18, 2015
...Purchasing gifts for the holidays can be overwhelming for a healthy person.  Add COPD to the mix, and you have a really big shiny ball of… stress!  So how do you eliminate the stress.  Here are a few tips. 1. Start...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - August 1, 2017
... for everyone to know that one can still live a fulfilling life despite COPD symptoms,! There are many tips that people in the community have learned after collective decades (maybe even centuries!) of living with COPD, so we... decided to make a point of talking about them this month! Would you join us by learning about new tips or sharing your own? If you want to be involved in this topic, also known as this month’s community spotlight...

answers
By Editorial Team - June 20, 2017
...There is so much to get used to when it comes to treating and managing COPD. One question that seems to come up in COPD circles quite often is: “What is a spacer, and how do I use one?” So, we asked our experts this question! Read on for their helpful answers… Response from John A spacer is a hollow device that attaches to the mouthpiece of a metered dose inhaler (MDI), such as an albuterol inhaler. There are couple correct ways...

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By Kathi MacNaughton - February 22, 2017
.... I’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of your medications and to use them safely. Dos for Taking COPD Medications Do learn the names of each of your medications and what they are for. Do know when... be prescribing medicines that don’t “play” well with each other. Taking your medications the right way will help your health stay stable and will also help you avoid doctor visits or trips to the hospital...

living
By Editorial Team - April 25, 2017
... these tips and tricks for getting your family to help with household cleaning. Talk About It Even if your illness allows you to do some of the housework, set expectations for your entire family to be involved. Start by talking...

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By Editorial Team - February 13, 2017
... weather conditions can trigger these symptoms and compromise breathing even further. In conjunction with breathing strategies, such as pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing, these suggestions, while sitting, may... spread/separated at a shoulder’s width apart. Use a wall to rest your hips on. Rest your hands on your thighs. Relax your shoulders, leaning forward slightly and now, dangle your arms in front of you. Standing posture 2...

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By Lyn Harper, RRT - June 15, 2017
...So, you’ve just spent the last 6 days in the hospital due to a flare up of your COPD. Now the doctor has told you it’s time to go home. What now? You feel better, but certainly not ready to run a marathon. The idea of going home is overwhelming. However, take heart! This process of discharge is not a random shot in the dark as to your readiness, nor does it mean you’re now on your own. In actuality, the discharge process is critically important...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - May 17, 2017
...It is no secret that anxiety goes hand in hand with COPD as symptoms worsen.  Once the shortness of breath, or dyspnea, becomes severe enough to cause fear, dealing with anxiety may not be far behind. It is not something that anyone wants in his/her life, but sometimes it is just the reality of the situation. The Circle of Anxiety The hard part of anxiety is breaking the circle. Let’s say that you have an episode of shortness of breath.  Then you...

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By John Bottrell, RRT - March 17, 2017
... ways of controlling your disease so you can breathe easier and live longer with it. A good tip for keeping track of all your pills is to purchase a pill box, and they only cost a few dollars, if that. Most COPD controller... inhalers only need to be taken twice a day, and a good tip is to get into the habit of taking them just prior to brushing your teeth. Oxygen is also considered a drug, so taking your medicine means wearing your oxygen exactly...

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By Kathi MacNaughton - March 15, 2017
... be able to save money on your prescription medications. Tips for Saving Money on Prescriptions Get free samples from your doctor.  Pharmaceutical sales people often leave samples of prescription medications with doctors, in hopes... treatment plan. But any treatment plan needs to take into account the financial resources of the person being treated. Hopefully, you can use one or more of the tips in this post to fulfill your needs. Don't miss a thing!Sign up...