As I keep saying – part of my survival with late stage III COPD is to continually read and learn as much as I can about my ailment and those ailments closely related to it.
Working to pass on some of this information is part of my acceptance of my condition and all it entails, which means sharing what I may learn, read and experience with others so they know they are not alone and just maybe may find or be refreshed about some new tidbit of information to help with their own struggles with COPD and/or life altering disease.
So as with previous postings I share with hopes of raising awareness among others about COPD – this time with some questions and discussion about ‘Pulmonary Rehab’.
‘Pulmonary Rehab’ in any sense is needed to help delay the eventual loss of ability to do things we are used to doing and have control over – especially our ability to breath.
The ‘where’ of pulmonary rehab will also require the participation of some important players in your battle with COPD.
The ‘where’ requires the recommendations of your physician, your pulmonologist and your cardiologist (if you have one), with the three recommending an area rehab center that can give the much needed guidance/focus on your needs in your battle with COPD.
The ‘where’ you may participate in a pulmonary rehab program should include the following combination of programs:
- > > an educational program to help you learn as much about COPD as you can to prepare you for the battles ahead.
- > > the ability to provide medical treatment in case you have and/or develop any medical problems and/or needs during pulmonary rehab.
- > > provide the proper exercise equipment/facilities to give you the best opportunity to build your stamina and help keep the lungs working properly.
- > > provide counselors to help you deal with the emotional and psychological side of pulmonary rehab and battles with COPD.
- > > provide a nutritionist and/or nutritional information so you can learn what the best foods and eating lifestyle will work the best in helping you battle your individual fight with COPD.
With the help of your physician, pulmonologist and cardiologist (if you have one) – you should be able to find and receive the proper and needed pulmonary rehab for your individual battle with your COPD.
Have you and your medical advisors found the right pulmonary rehab for your battle?
Do you understand the importance of the ‘where’ you may go for your pulmonary rehab program?
Only you can make the final decision of using a pulmonary rehab program to make your life physically more ready for that battle ahead, have you made or done it?
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer)
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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, the book “Live Your Life with COPD” by Jane M. Martin, the book “COPD for Dummies” and COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)