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taracopdf created the event World Oxygen Day - Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. CT

join us for our premiere world oxygen day event! this virtual roundtable brings together advocates from across the oxygen therapy community to discuss the biggest challenges facing those who need oxygen therapy, and how we can work together to solve …

6 days ago

Jackiemw7525

Jackiemw7525

I am tired and trying to find some kind of lighter portable oxygen I have been carrying around tanks from Lincare and they kill me to tug around just to go to drs and getting them to deliver at time is a joke

8 hours ago

HIcopd - Hawaii State Captain

HIcopd - Hawaii State Captain

I had a great visit yesterday, with the lung doc I’ve been seeing in SF for the past 7 years handing my care off to one of his great mentees, with whom I’ve had an excellent relationship for nearly as long. 


They both agreed I should get my covid booster in October (having had COVID mid-July), to protect us for S’s wedding in late October. On our way back to my BIL’s home, we scheduled an appt with cvs for our shots for the day after we arrive back in hnl. 


The appt was bittersweet, as the lung doc has very mixed feelings about retiring after 51 years but he’s talked with his wife about it over past 5 years and they’re going to play larger role in their grandDs lives. 


The appt was nearly 1.5 hours long!  Thankfully, with a handicapped placard you only pay $7 for parking instead of $5/hour, as I also had a PFT before the appt and we got there an hour early to eat lunch before the pft. 


It’s always bittersweet to lose beloved MDs to retirement—happy for them but also sad to adjust to changes. We told the retiring doc that zH has been loving his decade of retirement and he’s doing hand woodworking and sone travel with me. 

10 hours ago

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota Good morning everyone.  Hope your having a good easy breathing day!

11 hours ago

1fatfanny

1fatfannyanswered the question mild emphysematous changes!

Hi, when I was first diagnosed I was obsessed with numbers, like a gambler in a betting shop working out which horse to back... "If my lung function declines at X, I have Y years before I am Z disabled...". I'm only 18 months post diagnosis / smoking …
Maverick2Duke14 David Mannino, MD     (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )and 2 others also answered the question Maverick2and 4 others also answered the question

13 hours ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captaincommented onEating Well: From Debbie B’s Kitchen to Yours

🍂🎃PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE🎃🍂1 cup almond milk1/2 cup pumpkin puree1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tbsp. maple syrup1/4 tsp. cinnamonSplash vanilla extract1 frozen banana, broken into chunks Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.Makes 2...

13 hours ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainHave a terrific Tuesday, friends! 😀

18 hours ago

Hydrin

Hydrin

Short  if breathe for days , new inhaler not working 

18 hours ago

joney

joney

I am doing well. Hop u guys are doing the same

1 day ago

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota World Lung Day Sept 25th


Motto This year's theme is Access to prevention and treatment for all. Leave no one behind.

1 day ago

Bachoo

Bachoo

Doing quite well, today.  Both breathing and energy levels have improved. 

1 day ago

donkeys8

donkeys8answered the question Check-in: Managing Mucus

if you have a lung dr and he agrees you have a serouis mucus issue, he can prescrible a vest therpy machine that you use twice a day at hom that breaks up the muscus so its easyier to bring up out of your lungs
Richard DJJames Lippi RCP-RRT, LPSGTJeanO53and 2 others also answered the question Richard DJand 4 others also answered the question

1 day ago

JeanO53

JeanO53

Good Monday morning from the beautiful state of Oregon!!  It’s 8:00 am Monday morning, 59 degrees and raining
… I flew out west to attend my nephew’s wedding and spending time with my younger sister and her family in Portland.  
…Yesterday we drove to Pacific City and will spend the next 2 days hanging out near the ocean. Unfortunately the weather isn’t cooperating to allow much time in the sun on the beach; rain is predicted throughout the week. 🌧 It will be a good time to relax and spend time together sharing meals, reading and playing games.
… This is the first time I’ve flown with my portable oxygen and was a bit anxious about the experience.  All went well; no breathing problems at all.  Using a wheelchair at the airports was an absolute must!!  I had to change planes in Denver, one of the largest airports in the US and my connecting flight was at least a mile away.  They sure didn’t build airports with us folks with COPD in mind!! 😵‍💫  
… The hardest part about the trip has been sitting for long periods of time - 4 hours in a confined space on the plane and long drives in the car.  I’m going carve out some time in the next few days to get moving!! 
… I hope you all have a wonderful, easy breathing week! 

1 day ago

LCollins - Middletown Ohio

LCollins - Middletown Ohio

Hello everyone!
Was wondering how you were planning on celebrating World Oxygen Day? I would like to have something set up for people to see at work. Well, besides the oxygen tanks, etc.  Any suggestions? 

1 day ago

David Mannino, MD     (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )

David Mannino, MD (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )answered the question Copd vems 41%

Wise advice above! There are many things you can control to improve your status-- stopping smoking/vaping is key, proper diet, exercise, vaccinations. You should probably get tested for Alpha-1 ( genetic emphysema). Please let us know!
Caroline West Virginia State CaptainBill Clark - Community Manager also answered the question Caroline West Virginia State Captainand 1 other also answered the question

1 day ago

David Mannino, MD     (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )

David Mannino, MD (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )answered the question Possible Emphysema....Scared

I agree with the comments above. "Mild emphysema" and "possible emphysema" is something we are seeing more as imaging of the lungs has got better. It is an indication of possible damage but in nearly all of the cases i have seen lung function is normal. …
Jean IA State CaptainCaroline West Virginia State Captain1fatfanny also answered the question Jean IA State Captainand 2 others also answered the question

1 day ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captaincommented onEating Well: From Debbie B’s Kitchen to Yours

🍂AUTUMN APPLE SMOOTHIE🍂2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped 1 cup almond milk1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg Pinch ground cardamom Honey to tastePlace all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves two....

1 day ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainIt's Motivational Monday, folks!!! Today is a good day to leave your worries behind and make a fresh start. Begin your day with a can-do attitude, and you will accomplish alot! 
Keep calm. Stay strong. Carry on!!! 💪😀

1 day ago

Richard DJ

Richard DJanswered the question Massive Phlegm as of late.

For several years my pulmonologist and other doctors never even mentioned bronchiectasis which is an infection in the lower lungs that just did not go away. Ask your doctor about it just in case you need to be treated for it. They can run a sputum test …
PbobCaroline West Virginia State CaptainBill Clark - Community Managerand 3 others also answered the question Pboband 5 others also answered the question

1 day ago

Richard DJ

Richard DJanswered the question How did everyone quit smoking

30 years ago I was a very heavy smoker and trying to quit. My then wife took hypnosis and it worked for her So went to a hypnosis class one evening and it allowed me to get through those 5.5 days to get the nicotine out of my system. Not too much trouble …
AnonymousvickiechilBronco D.and 32 others also answered the question Anonymousand 34 others also answered the question

1 day ago

Jean IA State Captain

Jean IA State Captainanswered the question STAGE 1

i was in the severe stage when diagnosed in 2000 so my guess would be that i had a mild case in 1980 or 85. at that time, i went on an aggressive diet and exercise plan and got into much better shape, so i had situations where i could get pretty sob, but …
PETERCOPDGREEK1fatfanny also answered the question PETERCOPDGREEKand 1 other also answered the question

2 days ago

Peter84

Peter84asked the question: Copd vems 41%

hello, let me introduce myself, my name is petre, I'm from Romania and I'm totally shocked by the diagnosis made by the pulmonologist after a spirometry which shows a 41% vems, I was given treatment with 2 inhaler sprays spiriva and everio airmaster and …

2 days ago

Lulubee

Lulubeeasked the question: Possible Emphysema....Scared

A little background on August 19th I went to the ER with shortness of breath, weezing, and a cough. Blood work showed a high d-dimer so ER DR ordered a CT with contrast to look for PE.No PE, but they did see mild pneumonia in the left lower lobe, and …

2 days ago

Helpimlosthear

Helpimlosthear

Hello world.any one know how to get employment.or any assistance until I find employment.I leave the hospital in a few hrs.and can't return to old job.and I'm liveing paycheck to paycheck.and bills are due again next week....kinda freaking out.any help would be amazing thank yall

2 days ago

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota Good morning everyone hope your having a great Sunday!! 

2 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainHappy Sunday! Sundays are meant to enjoy! I hope you enjoy your day...Let us know what you are doing today! We'd love to hear, and share some photos,too! 😃

2 days ago

Mamalennie

Mamalennie

Anxious...im on cancer meds and dr put me on prednisone  and antibiotics  for copd flare...and nebulizer  4 times a day...not saying what stage I may be

2 days ago

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  • Jean IA State CaptainDon't worry about the stage too much; there is a lot of interpretation that goes into staging and not all pulmonologists do it the same.  It's actually more for the doc to help them decide what meds are appropriate for their patients.   Pred and antibiotics are very appropriate for a flare.  You might ask about maintenance meds (bronchodilator or a bronchodilator/steroid combination) or the triple therapy meds (Trelegy and Breztri (combinations of two bronchodilators and a steroid).  There are many meds that can be nebulized; you need to know what you're nebulizing.  My guess is that it is albuterol in one of its many forms, but you should find out.2 days ago
  • Caroline West Virginia State CaptainHi Mamalennie​ , Jean has given you good advice when it comes to stages.  I am wondering if you have a pulmonologist and what type of cancer that you have.  Your pulmonologist needs to work with your cancer doctor to make sure that the medications and treatments do not clash.2 days ago
Duke14

Duke14 asked the question: mild emphysematous changes!

Hello to Everyone Here I’m hoping someone here can answer my question which is very worrisome to me. I am 73 and smoked an average of 2/3 pack for 28 years and stopped at age 46 about 27 years ago. I have had numerous chest X-rays over the years all …

3 days ago

LFAOMGA

LFAOMGA

Got a bad boo boo trimming a bush yesterday when the branch scraped by my arm and ripped some skin off.  I’ve become pretty good at doctoring myself. Sometimes I wonder which is harder to deal with over the years, COPD or landscaping injuries 😂 Let the healing begin. 

3 days ago

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