Coping With Life’s Difficulties in a COPD World

To me, a COPD world is a world where there is a COPD health focus. Frequently, we are reminded that we have COPD because of:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing (some have it and some don't)
  • Mucus
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory infections
  • Frequent bouts of tiredness
  • History of smoking
  • Secondhand smoke is when you are breathing in the smoke of others. This could also cause COPD.
  • People with asthma, who smoke, might also susceptible to COPD.

Embracing our differences and learning together

It’s important to realize that we are all different. We have different histories, different diagnoses, and different medications.

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We might have allergies, which could make us allergic to different things. We may require different treatments, which could add to our differences.

As spring will soon be here, you might be exposed to things that can trigger your COPD and possibly an exacerbation.

Examples of these possible triggers are:

  • Pollen
  • More people outside smoking
  • Smoke from fires and fireworks
  • Humidity
  • Chemicals for the yard and garden.
  • Bug Spray or Repellent
  • Flowers

What others can you think of? You might find yourself having to trying unscented items, whether it’s for laundry, cleaning, and/or  more. It’s difficult for each of us to find one solution that suits all. That’s why it’s so important that we learn from each other.

However, we can’t and shouldn’t even try to diagnose each other. Only your doctor can diagnose you, your health, and concerns

This may sound silly, but I actually find it exciting. Our individuality can help us all grow.

We can learn from each other. We might share articles or information in forums that might help us on our COPD journeys. Be sure to take what information you can use and leave the rest. Hopefully there is something for each of our various members.

I like to learn. It helps me to know myself, also to be able to share with each of you. It helps me to know you and others.

Finding strength in healing and setting new goals

For the past week, I haven’t felt well. Reading articles and posts gives me a pick-me-up. Does that help you too?

In a couple of weeks, I will have my total knee replacement. I am so looking forward to this. l will be able to exercise more and get around better. The steps may still be a challenge but climbing them will be so much better. Pain affects my posture and oxygen levels. How does pain affect you?

I told my surgeon when I am well enough, it’s probably time to finally have surgery on my feet. That’s a longer recovery.

Imagine being able to walk more and to do more. To be able to wear a variety of shoes. I always thought I was tough. Not so. Hopefully I can lose more weight.

My goals:

  • Better breathing.
  • Better eating.
  • Better exercise and physical and/or respiratory therapy.
  • Adjust medications as needed.
  • Be an example to someone else who might need to share or be encouraged.
  • Help slow down the progression of lung disease.
  • Use a support system.
  • Find more reasons to smile.

And to be there for you in our COPD worlds.

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