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With severe COPD comes limitations on physical activities of certain types. In some cases it leads to people giving up on long term dreams. My opinion is that we need to keep, replace or find items we would still like to do and work to do them if at all possible.
For over 20 years I went on remote fly-in fishing trips in Canada with a group of friends. I marked those days as over with my need for oxygen, meds and access to medical facilities. Last fall I got a call from one of these old friends and fishing buddies that they were planning a Canadian fishing trip this summer and that I would be their guest for the week so start packing. My initial response was no, that can;t work but they refused my objections and put together a drive-in trip to central Ontario to a lodge and cabins with full electricity, level ground and a short walk to the boat dock. So in about three weeks I will be driving to Michigan to meet them and head out on another fishing trip. I have my POC ready with battery back-up, I have just in case antibiotics and pred in case of and exacerbation, I have the blessings of my doctors and since we will be 8 hours from a US Hospital the group has purchased an insurance policy to cover a flight evacuation if something happened that would require me to get back quickly.
I am very blessed to have such friends and have overcome my own initial fears and anxiety about the trip. I think that is important and I would encourage you to not give up on all of your dreams, some are still possible, figure out what they are then work hard to make them come true!
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