As a writer, I find it important to share what I learn with others so that they also may gain knowledge needed to have more secure footing when they battle their own illness or chronic disease.
Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.
With all that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help remind people, both those affected by the disease and those family and friends that surround them, of the ideas, research, diagnoses, game-plans and all that goes with keeping the battles at a distance.
Today we discuss or refresh your knowledge with the final part of a five-part series on the ‘5 Myths of COPD/Asthma that can make you sicker’ if you let them.
COPD Myth #5: “If I have to go on oxygen, it means I’m dying.”
Any time you are told you have a disease for which there is no cure, you will have a time period in which it will feel like it is a death sentence.
When you have COPD, and get to the point where you are put on oxygen either 24/7 or for certain periods of time each day – you will again fight that notion that it is like a death sentence when it actually is’nt one at all.
In reality, we are all dying no matter what your physical condition may be, that is just a plain fact of life itself. Most medical experts say that while folks with COPD fear being put on oxygen therapy, many patients can and do live 10 years or more after starting oxygen therapy.
COPD folks need oxygen when the levels of oxygen in their blood system gets too low on a consistent basis. Low oxygen levels can strain the heart, which can cause blood clots to form and eventually cause harm to the brain.
When a person goes on oxygen therapy they should feel healthier and less tired, plus oxygen therapy will decrease the amount of those bouts of dealing with SoB (short-of-breath).
The benefits of working with oxygen therapy far outweighs any discussion as to why you maybe should not be on it, and remember it is professional medical personnel who have spent years training to know the chronic illness or disability you are traveling with – let them do their job.
So, know that if you have COPD and have been put on oxygen therapy, then you are being put on the oxygen to help manage your COPD and give yourself the opportunity to extend the your life traveling with it as your companion.
QUESTIONS OF REFLECTION – – This week we offer you a couple of questions to ponder and reflect on. For those on oxygen either full- or part-time, how long have been on it and what is your situation as far as normal oxygen levels? In your own personal travels with COPD, do you feel or notice the effect that being oxygen gives your on-going battle with the chronic illness?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
As always, CrossDove Writer reminds you that 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.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)
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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)
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