a man in orange flannel with oxygen tubes paints at an easel, his composition is the orange autumnal tree scene he can see out his window

COPD Moves Into Fall

Even though COPD is a progressive disease, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. No one knows how long they will have, or even how they will die. Like my dad’s doctor told me about his health condition, “No one has a crystal ball. No one knows how long they have.” How appropriate that quote is for everything. No one knows how death will happen or when. It’s time to live to the best of your ability.

Thinking about Christmas

Besides the joy I have looking out upon our whimsical yard, I’m finding joy in watching Hallmark Christmas Shows. No, it isn’t Christmas or even winter. Yet time seems to be moving so fast so it won’t be long until the winter season is upon us. These shows bring smiles. I know they are good when I wish there was more to the story.

I’m excited. This tells me that it’s time to think about Christmas. Time to get busy with some of the crafts that I want to make for our ever-growing family. That’s my happy place. This year I'm going to have things done on time too.

A change of the seasons

This is a reminder that soon we will see a change of the seasons. Soon we will see a change of allergens. Soon we will possibly see a change in our COPD as well. You see, the weather and barometric pressure can affect our COPD. These changes can affect our air quality and make it more difficult to breathe.

Having a compromised airway can cause someone with COPD to be more sensitive to moisture, air pressure, and even temperature. This could cause an exacerbation, shortness of breath, excess mucus, coughing, or even wheezing. Altitude can also affect your COPD.

Avoiding exposure to allergens

Coming into fall is a time when there are molds, and people get exposed triggers for other allergens as well. There is a time when the leaves fall. I always liked walking through the crisp leaves, even jumping into those leaves. Ah to be a child again.

At some point, the leaves can get moist because of condensation in the air and throughout the ground. Dew can cause that as well. You might notice that there is a rancid odor that comes from these old and settled leaves. These can trigger a reaction, so it’s best to avoid them. Enjoy them from a distance where you can be safe.

Trees and some bushes can trigger a reaction, as well as flowers and plants which are going dormant for the winter. Some can be covered up and others dug up and put in a cool dark room. I have found that houseplants in dirt can get moldy and smelly as well.

Take time to breathe

It sounds sad when we can’t be out and enjoying things. Take time to breathe and find a window that you can enjoy looking out. It isn’t the same, but by enjoying the view, you are keeping yourself safe.

Hire a teenager or someone who would like to earn a few dollars. He or she can help with your yard work, even your indoor chores. Do you have your inhaler? It would be good to carry it at all times. You never know when you might need it. Inside the house or out.

Do you have anything at your home that brings you joy? How about something in your yard? Possibilities are yard ornaments, a puzzle book, scrapbooking, a tv show, or even daily exercises. Do you know that hobbies are very healthy for those with COPD? They can be a form of therapy. They too can bring joy and satisfaction to your life.

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