5 MYTHS OF COPD – MYTH # 5

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let us do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness (or two), I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!

As for me, I battle severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, Depression, and a Chronic Heart Condition. Each of which provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of my own chronic illness situation.

As I continue to educate myself, I also write so that I can help educate others as well.

Today we look at the Chronic Illness of COPD by giving you the final part of a five (5) part series on ‘The Myths of COPD’.

(A note – much of the information shared in this series ‘The 5 Myths of COPD’ came from an article written by Beth W. Orenstein and was reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH.)

With COPD now being considered the third leading cause of death in the United States and with more than 12 million Americans having COPD, Asthma, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis – it is surprising that most people still do not seem to know much about the disease and those that do seem to have many misconceptions according to a statement once made by Sandra Adams, MD, MS, a pulmonologist in San Antonio.

COPD MYTH # 4: “IF I HAVE TO GO ON OXYGEN, IT MEANS I AM DYING”

Any time that anyone is told that they have a disease for which there is no known cure for, that person will have several time periods in which it will feel like it is a death sentence. That is just a normal progression for people thinking when given such news.

When it comes to having COPD and a person gets to the point where you are told to go on oxygen either 24/7 or for large portions of each day – I guarantee that person will again fight the notion that going on oxygen is like a death sentence for going on oxygen will seem like the beginning of the end.

GUESS WHAT – IT ISN’T THAT WAY AT ALL!!

In stark 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 much longer after starting oxygen therapy.

COPD folks need oxygen therapy when the levels of oxygen in their blood system gets too low for lengthy stints or stays low constantly.

Having low oxygen levels can strain the heart which in turn can cause blood clots to form and eventually cause harm to the brain or the lungs.

When a person goes on oxygen therapy, they should feel healthier and less tired as adding oxygen therapy will or should decrease the amount of those bouts dealing with SOB (short-of-breath) episodes or low oxygen moments.

The benefits of working with oxygen therapy will always far outweigh any discussion as to why you are not on it, and remember it is your professional medical folks who have spent years training to know the chronic illness or disability which you are traveling with – so let them do their jobs.

Another thing to realize is that when one goes on oxygen therapy, it does not necessarily mean you will be attached to those oversized oxygen tanks and miles of tubing. Instead, modern technology has done wonders with both home oxygen units as well as those smaller oxygen units which will enable someone on oxygen therapy to move around or travel without feeling tied to a big old machine or tank.

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 by doing so you are giving yourself the opportunity to extend your life while traveling with COPD as your constant companion.

The thing to REMEMBER IS THAT BEING ON OXYGEN IS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE AND DAILY LIVING, NOT TO SCHEDULE THE ENDING.

QUESTIONS OF REFLECTIONS:

  • For those already on oxygen therapy either full- or part-time, how long have you been on it?
  • What are your normal oxygen levels both with and without oxygen support?
  • In your own personal travels with COPD, do you feel or notice the effect that being on oxygen gives your on-going battle with the chronic illness?

That is it for our five-part series covering the ‘Myths of COPD’. Hope you have enjoyed it and hopefully found some insight as well.

If you would like to reflect on our question(s) or the article in whole, you can voice your response in the comment section of this post or email your response to wheezingaway@gmail.com.  

SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all of new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.

AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings, and steady breathing.

Good Day.

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.

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