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Staying Healthy and Preventing COPD Exacerbations

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." ~~ Benjamin Franklin "Stat neb treatment in the Emergency Room - Stat neb treatment in the Emergency Room." The voice of the ER unit secretary came across my pager. It was 10:00...

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COPD: Traveling with Oxygen

Last month we talked about travel with COPD and looked at some suggestions for an easy-breathing getaway. But what if you use oxygen? No doubt about it, life can be more complicated if you require supplemental oxygen (and we say supplemental because ...

Warm, Humid Weather and COPD

Warm, Humid Weather and COPD

Certain types of weather can affect breathing–especially for people with COPD, who may experience “bad air” days. Respiratory therapy may help.

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COPD and Denial : Peg's Story - Part 1

by Jane M. Martin as told by Peg It’s been said that denial is nature’s way of giving you a good night’s sleep. Hmmm"maybe that works for a while, but not forever.Meet Peg. She’s here to tell you the story of her journey with COPD. You might be ...

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Dying with COPD

What Will it be Like When I Die? "I have COPD. What will it be like when I die? Will I just struggle for every breath and gasp until I can’t get any more air? That sounds like a horrible way to go That’s what scares me the most." As a resp...

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COPD and Denial: A Common Thread - Part 1

Funny thing"I didn’t choose to write about this subject, denial. It chose me. When you work with, and listen - listen hard - long enough to people with COPD, you learn a few things. When I was researching my book, Breathe Better, Live in Wellnes...

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Living with COPD: Ten Myths - Busted!

Here are ten things commonly said about COPD. Do you buy into them - or are you busted? 1. COPD is always caused by smoking. Not true. Although cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD, not everybody who has COPD was, or is, a smoker. Fact is, 85 p...

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It's Party Time! Nine Tips to Help You Save Energy and Breathe Better This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how you’re going to fit everything in and still have time to enjoy this merry season. And if you’re living with COPD, taking part in all this activity might seem like way too ...

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I'm Too Young to Have COPD! Or am I?

“COPD? At my age? I’m only 46 There’s no way. I’m too young to have that horrible disease.” Dave was stunned. Lately he’d been a little more short of breath than usual, and his colds hung on for longer than they used to, but this… this just couldn’t ...

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End Stage COPD: Why You (and Everybody) Should Have a Living Will

Dr. Rajani, a tiny lady no more than five feet tall, shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said, "Your father is a very sick man. His body is shutting down. Do you want us to put him on life support or should we make him a no code? “Can we see ...