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Peter Queripel

Living with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchiectasis over 20 years has been quite a journey. After a visit to my doctor he told me how I could control my symptoms. He said you know when you’re not well, so first thing come and see me straight away. He gave me standby antibiotics which I could take in case I was ill over the weekend.

I’ve only been hospitalised twice for a total of 10 days, so I’ve been very lucky. After reading many stories on this site and checking different stages of COPD I have managed to frighten myself, because I could identify which stage I was at and that is stage 3. I am using just about all the medications I can use, and at the moment I am reducing my steroids. I’ve been ill since November and finally I’m starting to feel okay again.

I take an antibiotic 3 times a week to help prevent infections which help me tremendously. Exercising is done at home watching YouTube videos. I do this everyday and if I need help from my rehabilitation team they are always available to give me advice.

I would appreciate any tips that could help me please.

Best regards to everyone.

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  • Rachel Garrod
    2 years ago

    fantastic Peter, you´re doing the best thing you can by exercising daily!

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Peter and thank you for sharing part of your story with us! It sounds like you are doing the right things to help manage your symptoms. You mentioned a rehabilitation team, but I wasn’t certain if you had already tried pulmonary rehab. Many of our members have found pulmonary rehabilitation to be a very helpful tool in learning ways to manage COPD symptoms and maintain lung function as long as possible. Here is some information on pulmonary rehab that you might find interesting — Also, many of our members find certain breathing exercises to be very helpful. One, in particular, is called “pursed lip breathing” and is an exercise you can do to make sure you are exhaling as much air as possible from your lungs. Here is some tips on the technique — While you didn’t mention that you had issues with posture, I think this information on good posture (including some easy exercises) is also helpful — I think it’s GREAT that you are exercising as well! You may also want to pinpoint your triggers, if you haven’t already. You can makes some changes to your life as you find things that aggravate your symptoms. Some members find strong smells (perfume, wood burning, frying food) triggering or cleaning chemicals. Now may be a good time to transition to a low-scent home or find less abrasive cleaning products to use. Also, being aware of your triggers can help you manage your errands a bit. If scents set you off, maybe steer clear of certain stores and such. Every little bit of change helps!

    And, as helpful as the stages can be for diagnosing COPD and prescribing treatments, please don’t let the stage number scare you. Many of our members have lived quality lives for years at levels three and four. If you haven’t read it already, this piece by Derek Cummings is an honest, yet positive meditation on life with COPD — You are doing a lot of great things to help maintain the lung function you have! Thank you for reaching out and I am so glad you are starting to feel like yourself again.

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Peter Queripel. author
    2 years ago

    Thank you Erin for all the advice I can do to make my life easier.
    I have had two sessions of pulmonary exercise as well as using YouTube.
    Ive written another letter today about my triggers which you might like to read later.

    Best regards to everyone.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Peter – we appreciate your candid explanation your life with COPD and how you are coping with it.
    In addition to the excellent response from Erin, I thought you might find it both interesting and helpful to look over this article from Mary Ultes, one of our contributors. It explains how differently COPD can affect different people:
    As well, I know that Erin mentioned trying to identify your own personal ‘triggers’. This article should guide you in that regard:
    It’s good to hear you’re starting to feel well again after struggling with your COPD since November. I hope you continue to do well.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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