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What Is COPD?
Chronic Pulmonary Disease

COPD is chronic pulmonary disease. It can be a combination of other issues, Asthma and Emphysema. Smoking is the leading cause of this disease. It’s very common and there are many symptoms. Have you found over the years that breathing has become quite difficult, you wheeze a lot and literally have no energy?? Well there’s a sign right there. Something else to look out for is coughing and excess mucus along with weight loss.

I am sure my mother has COPD, she was a heavy smoker for years, the damage is done now for sure. Her circulation is terrible, especially on her feet. Her heart is kept going by machinery, it cannot pump enough on it’s own. She is considerably less active. That woman was always on the go, she never stopped cleaning, gardening, she painted the whole house inside and out, many times. You would get exhausted watching her. She was incredible. She quit smoking 30 years ago.

Using Caution & Being Prepared

She started getting shortness of breath about 20 years ago. She needed a pace maker, it worked for a long time until it wasn’t effective enough. She now has a defibrillator. She has to be so careful when she gets a cold, it usually morphs into something worse. So far since Easter she has had the flu, bronchitis and pleurisy, she has been on antibiotics for each of these episodes and steroids. She has been in bed for weeks and unable to eat much. On a daily basis she uses an inhaler, a nebulizer and so far “touch wood” does not need oxygen.

It’s been a worry being so far away from her, she has had constant care from her doctor, friends and neighbors. She intends to come here to the USA in September and I have no doubt she will. You see, she was a lot worse a few years ago until they figured out what was wrong. Once she gets back on her feet she will be getting out and about, she will eat properly and do her odd jobs that she still enjoys. She will live with this disease and manage it as well as possible even though we all know it is incurable.

-Sash Nagle
Owner, Irish Help At Home

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