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DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainHappy Thursday! Keep on smiling, and shine on! Yes, you are a shining star! ๐ŸŒŸ

3 hours ago

Gerryb

Gerrybanswered the question Just Breathe: Finding Your Breath During Stressful Times

Thank you
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6 hours ago

Bobo76

Bobo76

Hi im new ive had copd since 2022 i have just been put on trimbow 

11 hours ago

Mike Hess, RRT (COPDF Senior Director of Public Outreach and Education)

Mike Hess, RRT (COPDF Senior Director of Public Outreach and Education)answered the question Questions to ask Pulmonologist

Not much else to add...we are seeing a lot more "early emphysematous changes" on CT scans in the era of lung cancer screening CTs. As mentioned, the spirometry test will shed a lot more light on your situation, as you can have these structural changes …
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15 hours ago

Xmdc54X

Xmdc54X

Well I feel like I am standing in front of an AA meeting. My name is Mike and I have had severe COPD since 2009. I went through pulmonary rehab, and purchased a treadmill while I was in PR as I still worked full time and knew I would need it. I walked daily for years about 30 minutes a day after work. EXCERCISE IS KEY. Use it or lose it. Jean Rhommes (sp) helped me to see the importance of excercise.


Now it is 2024, I am 69 and I am still hanging around though not quite as spry..lol In 2013, at 58 years old, my Dr told me to take disability and stop work. I guess I was fortunate. I did my own SSDI application and since I was a grant writer I had a few advantages knowing what made government employees lives easier and used them to my advantage. I filed online on Friday and was contacted by the state review officer on Tuesday of the next week and he told me about how many times I used Compassionate Allowances For COPD in my application and included the test results to back them up. He said there is no sense reviewing the application and when I would be able to take a spirometry test by their contracted Dr. to make sure all was right. I said any time so they set it up for that Friday and I was approved the same Afternoon when they received the Dr's report. basically one week to apply and be approved due to Compassionate Allowance for Breathing Problems.


I am now on 02 24/7 and sleep on a Trilogy Respirator at night. I just got out of the hospital with a mild case of COVID, my Pulmonologist said it was most likely mild due to my being up to date on all the shots and boosters. I just had to satay in the hospital 2 nights and came home.


Well thats a good to stop for a while, going to take a short nap and rest awhile. Today was shower day and that usually is pretty tiring. Looking forward to meeting everyone and learning all I can.


Mike

16 hours ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captaincommented onEating Well: From Debbie Bโ€™s Kitchen to Yours

Hello, friends! We've reached the middle of our fruit and vegetable colors week. Are we having fun yet?! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŸกYELLOW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND LEAFY GREENS๐ŸŸขMany yellow and green vegetables are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin-phytochemicals...

22 hours ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainHello, and happy Wednesday! What a nice feeling it is to wake up and greet the new day! Lots to look forward to and enjoy! 
Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

1 day ago

Ratcoon

Ratcoon

Sad today . my heart has been racing for a couple of months making it hard to even get out of bed. Started a calcium channel blocker even though my blood pressure was low. Been through so much in the past 7 years and blame a lot of my current condition on chemo and radiation. Im a fighter but its getting harder. Going to continue to do my best to show im not going out without a fight

1 day ago

RedPower

RedPowerasked the question: Questions to ask Pulmonologist

Hi everyone, I see my pulmonologist today for the first time after my CT scan has shown โ€˜early emphysematous changesโ€™ and โ€˜early background COPD changesโ€™. Just wondering if you have any suggestions on things I should ask him? Iโ€™m keen to hear his …

1 day ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captaincommented onEating Well: From Debbie Bโ€™s Kitchen to Yours

Here we are, back for a second day of talking about fruit and vegetable colors, and how they benefit our health. ๐ŸŸ ORANGE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES๐ŸŸ You are probably wondering why some foods are orange. It's the alpha and beta carotene that give them...

1 day ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainHappy Tuesday, friends! There are so many reasons we have to enjoy our day! Wishing you a pleasant, easy breathing day! ๐Ÿ˜€

2 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainWould you like to learn how to make this? Hop on over to the Eating Well blog to find out! ๐Ÿ˜€

2 days ago

Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C (Assistant Director of Education)

Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C (Assistant Director of Education)asked the question: Just Breathe: Finding Your Breath During Stressful Times

How many times have you been told to โ€œtake a deep breathโ€ or โ€œjust breatheโ€ when youโ€™re stressed? While these people mean well, they often donโ€™t understand just how hard it is to take that deep breath, especially when you are living with COPD and other …

2 days ago

Community Announcements

Community Announcementsadded a new article COPD Foundation Nebulizer Consortium Releases Guidance on Mitigating Infection Risk During Nebulization

Document Focuses on Health Care Settings and Home Environments

MIAMI (April 15, 2024) – A guidance statement from the COPD Foundation Nebulizer Consortium (CNC) on the safe use of nebulized therapies in health care settings and home environments has been published in the March 2024 issue of CHEST, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Nebulizers are commonly used to deliver inhaled medications to people with respiratory illnesses, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These devices are especially important to individuals who may not receive the full benefit of medication delivered by handheld inhalers.

There is currently a lack of evidence on the safe use of nebulizer therapies and the increased risk of transmitting disease, particularly in the current COVID-19 environment. The CNC’s goal is to understand infection risks that may be associated with nebulizer therapy use, so that guidelines are developed to ensure the safety of people receiving nebulizer therapy, as well as those around them.

2 days ago

Jonnie Korinko (COPDF Manager of Public and Professional Education)

Jonnie Korinko (COPDF Manager of Public and Professional Education)answered the question Dad with severe/end stage ins up COPD

Hadkm, I am sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this difficult time. I believe it would be helpful to meet with the palliative care coordinator to gain a clearer understanding of what to expect next and to learn about your …
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2 days ago

1fatfanny

1fatfannyanswered the question How do you manage the anxiety?

Hi, Just my experience. My symptoms increased massively straight after diagnosis (mild COPD), which when I think back now was probably anxiety, they did (thankfully) settle back downโ€ฆ My experience is that positive action is the only antidote or tonic …
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2 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captaincommented onEating Well: From Debbie Bโ€™s Kitchen to Yours

This week we're going to talk about the colors of fruits and vegetables. Please feel free to leave comments or post a recipe!๐Ÿ”ดRED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES๐Ÿ”ดRed plant foods such as tomatoes and watermelon contain lycopene. Lycopene is a phytochemical...

2 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainWishing everyone a Monday that is brilliant, colorful, and filled with reasons to smile! ๐Ÿ˜€

3 days ago

JeanO53

JeanO53This morning's sunrise...

3 days ago

barbiesfamily

barbiesfamily

My sister is not very old. She has copd and just got her out of hospital.  She has no air flow in lungs.  They pumped her full of stuff. She can not even leave her room very much.  I don't even know what to do. I am going to start going over to her home and start cleaning it so I can help her.  She is unable to do much of anything.  social security is denying it and not sure if anyone has advice on how to help her.  

3 days ago

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  • Jean IA State CaptainYou can help her appeal the SS decision. It might be worth it to get an experienced Social Security attorney.2 days ago
  • Christina H RRTHi barbiesfamily โ€‹. I am sorry to hear that your sister has been unwell. I love your idea of helping her to tidy/clean her home. Those acts of kindness go a long way to help someone live with COPD. I would recommend your sister have some in-home physical therapy to build her strength and if that goes well, she could transition to a pulmonary rehab program. These programs do a lot to help those manage COPD and other lung conditions better. If any other family and friends with to assist her, ask your sister if she has any other odd jobs (like picking up groceries, taking out the trash, doing laundry) that she might need help with until she is back on her feet. Thinking of you and your sister and praying things improve. 1 day ago
  • barbiesfamily Oh thank you. I did speak to PCP today and they are willing to help.  Also, she is not on oxygen and sats in the 90's to 80's they told her there is just no air movement.  The pulmonary nurse was not very nice and screamed at her stating she is in the final stage and nothing more they can do for her. That she is in the final stages.  She was referred to Pulmonary rehab.  I did contact an attorney group, apply for medicaid, applied for VA benefits, and everything I could think of.   I will keep coming back for encouragement.  I will say her home is very bad but I just go and do one room at a time and scrub until the home is clean. She was embarrassed to ask for help and the home has been neglected and so I am renting a dumpster and getting rid of all the stuff.  That way it will be more manageable.  Thank you all and I did buy her a pulseox, shower chair, walker and more.  Thank you again.  1 day ago
TmM0930

TmM0930

I'm coughing and tired again

3 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainWelcoming the return of some beautiful friends. Daylilies, Artemesia Silvermound, and Lamb's Ear. 

3 days ago

Davidmarine

Davidmarine

No good

3 days ago

Hadkm

Hadkmasked the question: Dad with severe/end stage ins up COPD

Hi everyone, iโ€™ve finally decided to post something here after reading through q&aโ€™s for a while, i think im just looking for some advice from people here whoโ€™s maybe had similar experiences. Thank you in advance if you read everything and even offer …

4 days ago

DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain

DebbieB.-Connecticut State CaptainEnjoy your Sunday, friends! You deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

4 days ago

Sheri L

Sheri L

I have oxygen machine with tank filler on top..i have hoses i have nebulizer medicine ,etc etc..

4 days ago

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

David Mannino, MD (Chief Medical Officer, COPD Foundation )answered the question Methacholine Challenge

Methacholine is a non-specific airway irritant that is used to aid in the diagnosis of asthma in people with normal baseline lung function. People with smaller airways from any reason tend to react to it. This is not really used in the diagnosis of COPD, …

4 days ago

Gail Woolfenden

Gail Woolfenden

Hi from the UK
I was diagnosed with copd two years ago but have seriously been in denial and have been lucky enough to be able to carry on as the fiercely independent, overactive person I have always been until last month when, overnight, I was terrified to find myself gasping for air at the fitness studio, even at the warm up stage. It has stayed at this debilitating stage.
I am devastated that this disease seems to have taken a nose dive overnight and am wondering whether the fumes from the new rubber ( flooring etc) at the gym could be tgee we cause.
Has anybody else found this a problem?
Great to meet you all!

4 days ago

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