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May 24, 2006

Sick lungs don't show!

I may not look sick, but.... I have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
 
What is COPD? It includes such illnesses as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and sometimes asthma. It is primarily characterized by extreme shortness of breath.

Living with COPD means many things...

Living with COPD can mean having to avoid:

* all kinds of strong odors, smoke, flowers, perfumes, cleaning supplies, paints, solvents, vehicle exhaust, shaving lotion, bath powders, incense,

* excess humidity

* temperature extremes or wind, crowds, molds, and dusty places because they make me short of breath

Physically...... Living with COPD can mean:

* having difficulty walking up stairs or inclines

* not walking very far

* being unable to rush or "being rushed"

* tiring easily- especially if things last too long

* being unable to tolerate tight clothing

* inability to talk for any length of time

Socially.....Living with COPD can mean:

* coughing in public which attracts attention and embarrasses me

* having to use or wear devices or equipment, or take medication which invites public comment (oxygen, cold weather masks, inhalers)

* being concerned (often excessively) about contact with cold or flu germs

* having my friends make short, pleasant, smoke-less visits

Emotionally....Living with COPD can mean:

* crying easily, angering easily, become frustrated and impatient because I can't do the things I used to do

* feeling resentful when others tell me, "you don't LOOK sick"

* being panicky and tense

* being dependent and demanding because it's frightening when you can't breathe

COPD affects my family too! They are affected by:

* adapting to my various physical, emotional, social and environmental needs and limitations

* leaving many functions earlier than they wish because of me or never even getting there
 
* having to check out all of the details in advance and getting places early

* having to remain calm and reassuring at all times
 
REMEMBER.............
I may not look sick........... but..... SICK LUNGS DON'T SHOW!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted: Wednesday May 24, 2006, 4:25 pm
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Artisina Storm (75)
Wednesday May 24, 2006, 5:00 pm
What a wonderful post! A real wake up call. I have a lot of the same symptoms and have learned to live with them. Thanks for sharing. It's nice to know that some people understand. Hugs.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 24, 2006, 5:32 pm
You are so welcome. I came across this a while back and it really hits home. So many people do not understand what it's like to live with COPD. I hate it. If I could make it go away I would. But like you, I am learning to live with the symptoms. It's rough. Hugs back, Kansas

Michael Brewster (412)
Thursday May 25, 2006, 6:46 pm
So true, Kansas. So many people have COPD, and when they tell others they have it, they are like, COPD what? Is that something to do with a cop? This will at least help them to understand not only what the diease is, but what its symptoms are. Its is also not a fun thing to live with either. My sister has it really bad, and has to have a breathing machine at home for when she has really bad attacks. Thanks for sharing this information.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 17, 2006, 7:15 am
Very true, a wake up call. So many disabilities do not show on the outside and many "normal" people" will never understand what all who are suffering are really going through every day of their lives. i am learning to cope and deal with it all the best I can and with God's help and all of my wonderful friends here who really understand what it is like. Love, Dreama

staci stark (0)
Tuesday August 22, 2006, 3:35 pm
I feel your pain. I have asthma, MVP, and life-threatening allergies. People sometimes roll their eyes at me and act like I am being a cry baby.

Linda J. (160)
Saturday September 9, 2006, 7:01 pm
sounds like my Mom and then she finally want to the hospital and we found out she had 5 passage ways blocked to her heart and had to have a quad triple by pass the next morning. she doning better but still has a bad shortnest of breath. I hope its ok I talked about this that am not off the sub. But reading this makes people think about how easy they have it not ever having to think about breathing it just happens. God Bless. and God Bless Our Troops. and God Bless all the people who lost there lives in day Horrible day 9/11/01, and to all there familes who are still trying to put theres lives back together... Love and Hugs Linda

Ann Hamblen (7)
Thursday January 10, 2008, 7:08 pm
GOD BLESS

Sean C. (0)
Wednesday April 8, 2009, 11:41 pm
The people are loosing their moral while becoming modern. The society needs to be attentive that moral value.
Sean Cruz
Drug Intervention New Mexico

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