Unless you are very sick and limited by order of your doctor, your age and your condition shouldn’t get in the way of your freedom and life goals. With a few accommodations and the right equipment, you’ll be able to keep up with your younger colleagues, do the things you could always do and go to all the places on your life’s itinerary. Let’s say, you’ve been wanting to go to Italy for years, and now you are using oxygen therapy. With the right preparations, you can definitely still go and see the sights, and eat at all the bistros and restaurants without worry. The world is still your oyster.
No matter the specifics or the severity of your COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), there are things you can do, and programs that will help you get through it and still live a fun, full life. With a little bit of research and some help and advice from your doctor, you will be able to find helpful resources, and even programs where you can interact with other people who have COPD.
No man is an island, and when you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease, sometimes the best thing you can do is associate with other people who have it. Diagnosis of COPD can be rough and leave you feeling a little shocked or saddened, especially because the main cause of COPD is having smoked for an extended period of time. Seeking a support group when you have these feelings, can make you feel better and less alone.
Oxygen therapy is used to help restore maximum oxygen intake in your body. When your lungs aren’t capable of maintaining the right saturation level of this gas, you directly put your body in danger of organ failure. Oxygen therapy is used to help restore levels back to normal all while transforming your quality of life. Concentrators are the preferred method of oxygen therapy because they are affordable and easy to use at home. The exact amount of oxygen you need varies, so it is important to understand the basic requirements and to follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Exercise is an important way to build strength and energy while maintaining your weight. The fact is that people who consistently move on a regular basis also have longer lifespans on average. However, many oxygen therapy patients have the misconception that their equipment completely holds them back from exercising. While it is important to consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, many patients can still engage in physical activities while on oxygen therapy.