copd and the hidden dangers in weight

It is amazing how fast the days, weeks, and months pass. Even more amazing when I realise it is now 29 years since I was first diagnosed with COPD.

There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about COPD. The worse I have seen informs the reader from diagnosis you have less than five years on this world . Even today some Doctors are not much better. Offering either no information, or tell the patient to prepare for the worse. For a rapid worsening. A life crippled, unable to do much but fight for breath. This my friends is not true. Unless of course you continue to smoke.

I am not anti smoking. It is that I know if you do smoke with COPD. You will get worse quicker. You will have more exacerbations. And sorry to say, you will die sooner.

Another thing to look out for is weight. Many with COPD lose a lot of weight, and become far too light. Even eating for two will not enable some to put more pounds on. The reason is for some in the most advanced stage of copd the pure effort to breathe burns so many calories. The best way to try to not get to that stage is to exercise as much as you can. Even if you cannot go outdoors, you can exercise at home. It really is keep that body going. If you do that you will have more energy too, and find breathing easier.

There is though another hidden danger. I exposed that danger myself by dipping my toes in it. I move my body, While in-between enjoying countless cups of warm tea. I take mine with milk, one sugar. At night I would watch TV with a nice can of cold lager. OK, let me be honest. Three cans in the evening. My weight crept up. I suspected it was the lager. But I enjoyed a little drink at night. So what harm. The problem is the heavier we are the harder it is to breathe. After all 12 pounds of weight a year added is like carrying a back pack. But that was not enough to stop me. Until.

I visited my nurse for my annual blood test. After which a few days later nurse phoned me to invite me to take another blood test. She wanted to know how long my sugars have been high. All that weight, the lagers, the sugar in the tea, had now led to type 2 diabetes. There was only one answer. To lose weight and get my blood glucose level down.

I brought a diabetic glucose tester to keep an eye on my blood glucose level. And stopped putting sugar in tea. I found lagers were very high in carbohydrates, more like eating bread said a diabetic friend of mine, so they were gone. I now have whisky and soda, with a touch of lemon in the evening. I guess I must have a small pleasure in my life. I enjoy my new drink with no carbohydrates. I want to say goodbye to that belly of mine So also started to look at food labels to see how much sugar was in what I was buying, and carbohydrates too. Out went juice, as did cakes. The result is this last month I have lost 7 pounds in weight, and my love of sugar. My plan now is to lose another 28 pounds to get back to how I was several years ago. My blood glucose levels are fine again already. And I am looking forward to the bonus of being able to breathe even better when the weight is off.

Yes I am as positive as ever. Forever looking at ways to try to make my life, and health better. I am ready for the warmer days, planning to take lots of pictures. Many of which will end up in my 2017 calendar. I always make my wall calendar to remind me of good days out we have had.

I used to do a lot of volunteer work but have decided to cut a lot of that out. I am retired and was finding I was doing more than when I was in paid work. But now am looking for more time to relax, get out, and enjoy life. In the future most of my volunteer work will be lung related.

I hope as you read this you too is having a good day. Till I next write Breathe Easy, stretch, smile, and enjoy your day.

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The copd solution. The must read publication.

Each month I receive emails from those with copd worried about their future. Some from companies anxious for me to try their product. Writers or publishers asking if I would write a guest blog. And sometimes from publishers asking if I would review a book on copd. I have to admit that most books I review I find less than exciting, so don’t make a mention. It is seldom I recommend a publication. But today I make an exception.

A few weeks ago I was asked by publishers of ‘The COPD solution’ by Dawn Leslie Fielding, if I would review Dawn’s book. After reading this it had pressed all the right buttons, and for me had that most definite wow factor. I truly believe this could be the best book you could buy to help manage your copd.

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The COPD Solution to me is essential reading. Brilliant from the first chapter, it offers a comprehensive programme for managing your life with copd. Writer Dawn, a fully qualified therapist, has an amazing 100% success rate with her patients. Some could when they first entered therapy with Dawn hardly walk. Yet now enjoy life with much better mobility. Dawn’s book to me is a must read, and is one that can not only be kept as a reference book, but also be read time and again. If you buy this publication you will be allowing Dawn to become your personal therapist.

Although COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, few books give a comprehensive approach to living with this condition. Now, with The COPD Solution, respiratory therapist and educator Dawn Lesley Fielding brings her twelve-week sustainable program—which has a 100 percent success rate in improving the health of her own patients—to the public. Fielding provides invaluable information on diagnosis, medical treatments, physical therapy, pulmonary rehab, and smoking cessation. Her plan gives readers tools to manage every aspect of living with COPD, including tips for communicating with doctors, symptom-tracking charts, nutrition guidelines, easy exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques, even information on intimacy. With up-to-date medical research about this disease and a practical program for managing it, The COPD Solution is a welcome resource for anyone suffering from chronic lung disease.

On a personal level even I. An old-timer. Learned some good lessons while reviewing this publication. I learned how to use my medication right. And breathe better for doing so. There is a large section on medication in the book. I learned the ‘huff technique’ so I could get that hard to get up phlegm off my chest. Invaluable. I had never learned to master that till now. Plus I learned how to do pursed lip breathing right. Yep I was not doing that quite right either. I now plan to read the book again to see what I missed, or did not have time to practice to see if I can improve my life even more. For those about to use oxygen, or shy of going public with ‘your best friend’, there is a section on oxygen therapy too that you will find helpful.

The COPD Solution can be brought in paperback or Kindle digital format at or Paperback stocks are limited at the moment so if you are disappointed let them know you want a copy and I am sure they will get more into stock. The COPD Solution is also available in digital format on Itunes. Click this link.

Yes this has been a blatant plug for a tool that I am sure will help you too. I can assure you I get no financial reward from sales. My reward has been a copy of this excellent publication. And knowing that you too will have a useful tool in our fight to live a better life with copd.

Please contact me and let me know how ‘The COPD Solution’ has helped you when you have read it, and I will let author Dawn Leslie Fielding know.

Till I write again. Keep positive and most of all, Breathe easy.

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Weather, a book, a cold, and Welsh Cakes.

There was so much I planned to do this winter. I had found lots of places to take my scooter red with Lynne and our dog Amy. Long tarmacked cycle paths to enjoy that would not be muddy from the winter rains. Trips to next door England to visit different indoor shopping centers were planned. Plans that seemed doomed as every time one trip was agreed on something happened to cancel it. Sometimes it was the weather just too bad for me to want to drive on the motorway. Yes there were plans a plenty. Sadly most never happened.

This Welsh winter has probably been the warmest I have known. But rain falling almost every day since October, often with high winds, left little scope to get out and about. But exercise remains a must, so has to be done from within the confines of my home. I have at times become a fidget. At times to the annoyance of Lynne. But move I must. And move I did. With only a month to go to Spring I hoped for an early spring, and to get outdoors more. Even Lynne is complaining of not getting out with me along her on red as she enjoys a walk. Alas weather charts now show snow is to arrive.

But I have been busy in my mind. One consideration is the future of this blog. I am aware that when I die this work dies with me. Or at least will when I am not paying for the web space anymore, and with the flick of a finger an unknown person deletes all you now read.. Even if I paid web space five years ahead. The end would come when time ran out. I am if nothing else practical.

But I have to consider if I am unlucky, and get a pneumonia, or something else that finally send me back to that other world, or wherever it is I came. What will happen to my blog. All 146 rants and 7 pages. It was suggested writing this blog in diary form as a kindle book would be good. At first I was not too keen. After all with near to 90,000 words or more to work on that is a challenge. My early blogs start in year 2010 and there is editing to be done. After much thought though it did seem too good an opportunity, or challenge, to miss so work has begun to rewrite, and publish Kindle. My legacy to this world when I have gone. So far about 10% has been completed. I aim to do at least one page a day, and to have this ready for publishing on Kindle by about November. So have to make sure I do not accidentally ‘dematerialize’ , as a friend said, before then. Do you think the book is a good idea? I would love to know.

For the first time for nearly a week I ventured out my door yesterday as I needed to get some products to make Welsh Cakes. Now if you have never tasted a Welsh Cake you are missing out on one of lives joys. Google Welsh Cakes and take a peek. And if you can, bake some and let me know what you think of them. I just know you will enjoy them. If you cannot find the recipe contact me and I will send it. I hold no responsibility for bulging waistline.

Yesterday’s foray was hard for me. Lot’s of breathlessness getting around the supermarket pushing a trolley, and often stopping to catch breath. The result of getting over the cold from hell. Let’s be fair. I am a man, and am entitled to the worse cold ever, aren’t I. Word of advice. A fully blown head cold, the one where you are sneezing all the time, and your nose runs ahead of you, is to us dangerous. The cold itself is not, but the secondary infections from it to the chest are. So how do I survive a bad one like this one that laid me low for a week. While for many it will lead to a few days in hospital.

Staying indoors in the warm is essential. As is plenty of rest and sleep if needed. At the first suspicion of that cold hitting your chest start to take antibiotics, and steroids to ease inflammation. Drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated. If you use oxygen keep an eye on your sats. And if needed use more oxygen. I don’t, but you might want to ask your oxygen nurse first. Then cross your fingers for the best. In most case you will be fine. But if at any time you start to find it hard to breathe then don’t delay going to hospital.

After the cold has gone, you have to move around more to get them lungs working again. You will find you are much more breathless than you were before that cold. Don’t let that worry you. You will improve.

Till I next write. Keep that smile. And most of all. Breathe Easy. But before I go. Why not. Lets have a cheerful tune. 🙂

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