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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 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...

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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... the device 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...

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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...

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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...

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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... feet 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...

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