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A Day In A Life With COPD

...This article took a lot of thought. I have other health issues aside from COPD, and one compounds the other. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what’s causing what. My husband and I used to try to figure it out, but we finally decided to treat the symptoms and stop diagnosing. It’s important...

COPD Tests and Diagnosis (Part 1)

...We hear about ABG, FEV and PFT. What is going on? What does it mean? I know my basic ABC’s but this is really off! I used to think that, and the abbreviations caused more confusion, once I became more familiar with them, it made sense. The weirdest abbreviation ever was sob, I’ve always known...

Did You Know…

... Tips & Factoids About COPD A lung doctor is called a pulmonologist. The #1 cause of COPD is smoking. Not everyone who has COPD smoked. It is also...
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5 Tips for Conserving Energy with COPD

.... 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.... 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...

Are There Safe Alternatives to Tobacco Smoking?

...If you have COPD, or are at risk for it, and you still enjoy smoking, you might be looking for a safer way to continue that habit other than traditional cigarettes. So let’s take a look at some possible alternatives and whether they truly make sense from a health standpoint. First, I...
More Tips for Talking With Your Doctor.

More Tips for Talking With Your Doctor

... doctor. Tips 1. Come prepared to each office visit. Take the time before you get there to think over and plan your questions and what you’ve... overall health and quality of life. So, use these tips to be more proactive and to advocate for yourself....

Tips for Managing COPD Pain

...Pain management is an important part of treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet so often, the medical support system may overlook pain as an element of COPD. As we all know, COPD is a disease of the lungs. Although COPD doesn’t cause lung pain per se, it can cause chest pain...

Why Don’t We Follow Doctors’ Orders? – Part 2

...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...
Traveling with COPD Giveaway

Traveling with COPD Giveaway

... 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...
Christmas Shopping Tips

Christmas Shopping Tips

...; stress!  So how do you eliminate the stress.  Here are a few tips. 1. Start shopping early. My mom had a skill that I have yet to master.  She would shop...
5 Ways People Cope With Severe COPD.

5 Ways People Cope With Severe COPD

...So, I am a respiratory therapist. I work with lots of COPDers. Some have severe COPD. And some come visit me more than they’d like. We often pass the time through conversations. They get to know me. I get to know them. It is in this way I see how they cope. I see how they manage to stay positive...
What Are COPD Flare-ups?

What Are COPD Flare-ups?

...The term “COPD flare-up” gets bandied around quite a bit. So, what exactly are flare-ups anyway? What causes them? Here’s what to know. What is your baseline? According to Oxford, a baseline is “a minimum or starting point used for comparisons.” How do you feel on good COPD days? What is your...