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There’s an App for That: My Favorite Apps for COPD

Nowadays, there seems to be an app for everything, and if you have a smartphone, you probably have a few or have heard of at least a few of them. When smartphones first came out, I remember thinking I didn’t need one of those; all I need is to call someone if I broke down or had an emergency. I honestly thought they were a waste of money.

I probably couldn’t even count the number of apps on two hands that I have on my phone right now. I probably don’t even use half of them, but I know they are there if I need them.

There are health apps, game apps, financial apps, apps to pay your bills, apps to turn on the lights in your house, map apps, dating apps, nutritional apps, weather apps, and so many more. Just about anything that you could think of, there is an app for that.

Apps that help when having COPD

I thought it would be helpful to share my top five favorite apps that I think are helpful to someone with COPD.

My Chart

This is where all of my health information is held. I can find any test results, view all future and past appointments, send messages to my nurses and doctors, and link different doctors' offices together in this one app. I love getting my test results sent here most of the time, even on the same day of the visit, and no waiting around until my next appointment to get the results.

Health

This app came with my phone when I got it. It has emergency access to my medical ID and will show all my emergency medical info. It will track my steps, sleep, weight, nutrition, etc., and I can even connect other apps to it so I can get all my health info in this one place. I have mine connected to my smartwatch, which will also keep track of my oxygen levels and heart rate.

Weather

This app came with my phone also, and you may wonder why I would choose this app as one of my helpful apps, but as we all know, weather can affect our breathing. I try to keep an eye on the weather to see if it will be too humid to be out.

Recently, with the Canadian fires, I have been using it to track the air quality. Lately, the air hasn't been very well at all, and I have felt the effects.

My Air

This app tracks my CPAP use, how well the mask is fitting, etc. It also has a lot of great tips and videos on cleaning, care, and changing equipment.

Banking

I love this app. I no longer need to call or go to the bank unless I need to withdraw money. When I am not feeling great and need to stay home, I can use my banking app to do all of my banking.

On my specific bank app, I can see daily transactions, transfer funds from one count to another, pay bills, and, my favorite, deposit a check right from my phone. All I have to do is take a picture of the front and back of the check. This makes banking so much easier than running to the bank.

I use so many apps every day, including social media, games, electronic books, etc., that are my favorites, but I thought these top five are very helpful to us living with COPD and don’t get out much.

What are some of your favorite apps? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

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