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Going Places with COPD

I’ve always looked forward to summer but with severe COPD not this year. I have an fev of 25% and get anxious thinking about going anywhere. I’m on oxygen so afraid to go to picnics because of nearness to barbecue as one example. I can’t go buy flowers to plant because I get out of breath so easily. Maybe I’m being overly cautious, but I’m afraid.

  1. Gardening is a tough one for sure. I have done 2 things that have helped a lot. I bought a garden wagon so I could take my "yellow" band cylinders out with me, I take 2 just in case. Also room for the small tools. Then I also bought the following.

    You can sit on it, kneel on it and use as support getting back up. Light weight.

    1. , i'm so glad your power company is so responsive and it seems like you have a really good contingency plan in place. Thank you for sharing! All the best, Sam S. (, Team Member).

    2. Hi dkundtz - we hear you! As my colleague, , has already chimed in, I think you have it all under control in case of emergency or power outage(s). You seem to have a good understanding of both your condition and the supplies of oxygen you will need in this type of scenario.
      We appreciate you sharing it all here with the community.
      Keep up the good work!
      Leon (site moderator

  2. I certainly relate to the fears associated with that possibility I may not have my oxygen available. Like if the power goes out during a storm my portable is only good for 4 hours. Right now I have a home generator but probably can't start it by myself. The list goes on with the mind games.

    1. I have been told that when power goes out to call your power supply company, explain your situation to them and if possible they will put you high on the priority list.

    2. I know exactly how you feel and try to tell someone who is healthy.

  3. , Hi Papa Smerf here, yes I am finding it difficult to do much of anything yet I push myself as doing nothing is worse. If I go outside and just smell any type of smoke, it takes my breath away, even being on oxygen. And to have to wear a mask on top of it, well let's just say I have grown fond of my walls.

    1. I hear you! Summer can be a challenge when you have COPD, but with some adjustments you can and will enjoy it. Picnics can still be enjoyable especially if you can find a place to sit that's far from the fire and upwind of it. If you can, ask someone in the group you're with to fix a plate for you and bring it back to you - it'll save walking and getting too near the fire/smoke.

      Depending on where you like to buy your plants and flowers, you could try a couple of modifications that may make it easier on you. First, pick a greenhouse or store that has nice carts to lean on or even the motorized wheelchairs. Don't be embarrassed - that's what they're there for. Also, go at a time of day when it might be a little cooler - early morning or evening. The crowds may also be better too; especially in the morning. Lastly, do try to do too much at one time. Get a few plants, take them home, rest, and then plant them when you feel up to it. If you want more, go back and get more. Pace yourself the best you can - it's much more enjoyable that way.

      Take care and try to enjoy your summer!

      Lyn (COPD site moderator)

      1. That dog gone "pacing" myself, I just can't seem to do it. Always over do it then pay for it. Sometimes a lot..That's why they call me bull headed!

      2. Hi Tom - I hear you! I think for many of us...we do what we can. And sometimes, when we are doing what we can - it seems we overdo it all without even realizing it - then, it's time to pay the piper!!
        As said, I hear you!
        Leon (site moderator

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