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Sept. 26,2012 Stop crying and start TRYING.

Posted Sep 26 2012 10:00pm
 sorry the pictures wouldn't stay where I put them and words run together I tried to edit 6 times and uh-oh, gave up... well that's not the same as giving up moving.
STOP CRYING, and start TRYING - more that is ....
 It is all about what you  want  and then,what you  choose to do, and
 ***sometimes ***
“I can’t” really means
 'I WON'T work THAT hard'. "Hard" is relevent to severity of thedisease.
Hard can be swinging your legs out of bed, or standing up really takes muscles that need strengthening over time.   What You "can't" do, is rush the process. 
It is okay to avoid doing what is *too* hard, thatis self defeating,   just choose
  to do what is reasonable for your own current ability,  thus it could be as little - as a small move starting
in bed (lift up your head-arms -legs + feet)
On a chair, same thing,
 make up slow moves, maybe lift a soup can, step your feet in place
while sitting,... slow controlled moves  adding tiny increments
with a little longer time  doing it each day
  -even better DO IT several times a day, do use other assistance devices such as walkers, canes,crutches and wheel chairs- in home, outside, in a pool, go to a health club with Silver sneakers if you have that option. 
Do just enough
-figuring that out takes time, don't do too much so as to set you backward with a strain or tiredness.
 Hard can be taking 5 steps for some, and improving by only one step or one minute more a week.
  Then try more, all adds up to being able to do  more more easily, and is worth all the effort in improved functions and quality of life - even if it takes a few years – as it did for me.
I hope to inspire others to TRY just a little more each day, and cheer on increases of just seconds-
Olympians get cheered for 100ths of seconds improvements…  a best
time of any fraction more - is winning.  Most important if you are prescribed 
 O2, use your oxygen to maintain your oxygen saturation at the very minimum above 88%.  Really strive for mid- 90's in order to feel good while moving, and have  better capacity and recovery from exertion.
 Normal sats are  near 98%, I strive for that- check with your doctor
 if that is ok for you.
For techical, but fabulous educational information try to read this to understand better how your body functions  
a worthwhile description with photos that
are worth a 1000 words too. 

Supervised exercise therapy can lead to improvements in COPD symptoms

 Own your own oximeter. 

LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2009) – Those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often complain that exercise is too exhausting and leaves them breathless. An article in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports that supervised exercise through pulmonary rehabilitation can actually reduce their feelings of breathlessness, increase their tolerance for exercise and improve their quality of life.

The article's lead author is Richard Casaburi, Ph.D., M.D....snip...found that supervised exercise therapy improves aerobic function of the muscles, which helps reduce the breathlessness that is common in COPD....."These findings are a clear indication that pulmonary rehabilitation can improve the quality of life for those living with COPD,"

I second that!

Many links to videos on exercises for Seniors

And you think you are OK?  a must watch video on the effects of oxygen deprivation      -   After seeing it you will understand why so many are in denial, that
they are just fine when they may not be ...

Official Information for Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers Oxygen Therapy Supplies: Complying with Documentation & Coverage Requirements

(Roxlyn G. Cole) Littleton, CO
or Pulmo rehab and AFTER  blog index>  
and for O2 photo albums
TTO user Q & A -The best oxygen delivery is
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