For your health here is something that people who have both diabetes and another disease can push their insurance companies to provide. It’s a telemedicine device and data management system called the Commander that can save them money and might also save your life. It comes from Cardiocom LLC in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The same company offers the GlucoCom Telemonitoring System, which last November I wrote about here . That GluoCom system is similar but simpler than the Commander. The GlucoCom meter and the AutoLink telecommunications device is geared toward people who are just tracking their blood glucose levels and storing them in a secure online database. With that system you can give access to your doctor or others whom you want to see how you are doing. In November, Cardiocom’s Tom Backman came to Boulder, Colorado, where I live, to show me the GlucoCom system. He is the company’s western region sales manager working out of Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. This morning he came h...
"You have end stage COPD..." is possibly one of the most frightening - and confusing - things a person can hear.
Let's talk about the four stages of COPD and what it means for you. Here are three simple steps that anybody who has heard these dreaded words - and anybody with chronic lung disease for that matter - should follow.
1.) Get the Facts Straight.
When somebody, anybody, tells you you're at a certain stage of a disease, ask questions.
First, find out what it is that determines that stage and, next, where you fit in.
The very first question I ask when a new patient comes in to Pulmonary Rehab is: "What has the doctor told you is going on in your lungs?" The answer tells me a lot about what the patient has been told, what they understand about it and what it means to them. (It's interesting to note that one study revealed that over 26% of patients were unaware of what their COPD diagnosis meant!) Most of the time when I ask patients what t...
Since I have started my blog many folks have asked me how I have progressed through the Stages of COPD. I have been asked: Do you know what caused it? How long have I had COPD? When did it start and how fast has it moved taking over my lungs? For those questions, I don’t have definitive answers. One of the easiest answers I do have is my COPD didn't start the day I was diagnosed.
My COPD started a long time ago. It may or may not have started with the first cigarette I smoked or maybe the first time I got bronchitis. My doctor tells me I was predisposed to COPD, like others are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, or kidney disease. Even if I had done everything right, lived in a bubble, exercised, ate correctly, and got plenty of rest, I could’ve or would’ve ended up with the COPD regardless.
The Stages of COPD
There are four stages of COPD: Mild, Moderate, Severe and Very Severe (which is now starting to be ...
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