Catch Your Breath 60

Catch Your Breath 60 Living and breathing with COPD� and Heart Disease� Striving to overcome chronic illness symptons one day at a time and sharing how through blog posts.
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I am a female suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Please follow my page to learn more about COPD and how to cope with this illness.

Mission: My mission is to create a self-help community for those that suffer from chronic illness like COPD. My mandate is to support and help each other and too be a source of useful information using the voice of reason.

02/28/2020

This season of Lent is a fresh opportunity to connect to your values and to act with love.
Think of what you could give up or take up today. Once you decide, act!

02/27/2020

Today is the day to recognize your passion.
What sets your heart on fire, inspires you and excites you?
What matters more than anything else?
This is your passion. Tell us, "what your is passion?"

02/26/2020
copd fight or flight and the coronavirus

Thank you Derek for all you do.

More from the south Wales valleys with the fight or flight response of the body - and how it effects us with copd. Plus tips on how we might fight the corona...

02/26/2020

The fire is lit!
This girl is starting #respiratory rehab on Monday!
New month, new season, new reasons for living.

02/26/2020

Gratitude is the antidote for disatisfaction.
Recognize 3 things that go well today and, no matter how small, show your gratitude.
This will increase your happiness.

02/25/2020

Happy February 25th.

Excellant advice
02/25/2020
Box Breathing

Excellant advice

Learn the steps of box breathing and discover how it can help relieve anxiety and stress.

02/25/2020

We create lives that are complicated but our spirits demand simplicity.
Begin to focus on only the essentials and do less to experience more.

Remember to save the date and join me tomorrow for everything COPD and Chronic Illness.
02/24/2020

Remember to save the date and join me tomorrow for everything COPD and Chronic Illness.

02/24/2020

Today, practice Mindfulness by slowing down.
Slow your breathing, eating ,drinking, walking and talking.
Be creative and find ways to slow down.

02/23/2020

Wise words from Derek Cummings from We Strive to Breathe Easier.

The following words describes my every day needs. I am not speaking about my other condition whether in my lungs Heart or Chronic Pain.
This is the everyday life of someone living with COPD. Please read then it may give you a much better idea of what your love ones Life is all about. So when they sit down after having just combed their hair. Please don't get on at them saying words like I hear regularly. Well listen at you you haven't even done anything to get you out of your breath. I can honestly say this DOES lead to our Anxiety then depression. I will leave you with the everyday life of someone yes living with COPD. Love Always. Derek. ###xx

Living with a terminal, chronic lung disease can really be challenging. So many things you have to think about and plan for. Something as simple as taking a shower seems to require so much time. You have to sit, rest a little while before you can get in. You have to purse lip breathe some to just get through it. When you get out, you may or may not be able to towel dry. you might have to just put on your robe instead. You need to sit down again and rest from the shower before you can even put your clothes on and of course you need to rest after you do. Then you have to brush your hair, etc..and more rest and rest again. Now you can probably understand what it takes to just start your day or to go somewhere.

One of the hardest things for me is to walk slow, really slow. My body is use to walking at a faster pace and will start off that way before my breathlessness reminds me, slow yourself down boy. Speaking of walking, most of us can just walk a little way before you have no choice but to sit down and rest. A rollator does help with that some. Especially if you purse lip breathe some almost every step.

We have learned tricks of how to try to hide how breathless we really are from people. We act like we are looking in our pocketbook for something or turn in the other direction so you can't see our heavy breathing.

Living with lung disease is not something you can ever forget about for even a little bit. You have to even think about how to breathe to eat. It's true. What is such a natural thing to most people can be difficult for some with lung disease. You have to remind yourself to exhale after swallowing instead of breathing in.

You also have to look at the pollen and mold spores levels before you can think to sit outside or open a window because it's such a nice day. The weather can really mess with you too. From the heat and humidity from the cold and the wind taking your breathe away, literally. The hardest for me is weather changes. When rain is moving in, the atmospheric changes make it much harder for me to keep my oxygen levels where they need to be. Even with my oxygen. My head hurts but it's a different kind of headache it's like someone pressing a brick down hard on the top of my head.

You have to plan everything when you go somewhere. Having enough oxygen, how far you have to walk, my rescue inhaler, will I be home in time to take my long acting bronchodilators, do I need my rollator, wheelchair, etc.

It's common for people with lung disease to have anxiety and depression. This can be when they have never had a problem like that before. Exercise like walking some may help but don't be ashamed to have your dr help you with medication. I take mine.

Speaking of medications ..ohhh the side effects. Steroids make it more common for you to have cataracts or glaucoma. Plus this and a more sedentary lifestyle equals weight gain and that can make it harder for you to breathe.

You also have a higher chance of having high blood pressure, gerd, sleep apnea, ostesporosis, diabetes and even lung cancer. Guess that explains the anxiety and depression, lol.

You know that's all we can really do is laugh and choose to be happy. Try to look on the brighter side. I know we can't always. Sometimes it smacks you in the face and you just can't help being sad. It's alright. Allow yourself that for a bit, then chin up and carry on. Keep learning what you can about our disease and do what you can to live longer and enjoy life the best you can. Push yourself but know your limits. Everyone has some kind of struggle. We can only do the best we can. If you can't go outside look out your windows. We all have something to deal with, some more than others. I chose to be happy and enjoy life the best I can regardless. I hope you do too. ❤️ 2 U.

Copy and paste if you would like your love ones know what you are going through. Please always remember that I am ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. Love Derek ###x

02/23/2020

Wise words from Derek Cummings.

The following words describes my every day needs. I am not speaking about my other condition whether in my lungs Heart or Chronic Pain.
This is the everyday life of someone living with COPD. Please read then it may give you a much better idea of what your love ones Life is all about. So when they sit down after having just combed their hair. Please don't get on at them saying words like I hear regularly. Well listen at you you haven't even done anything to get you out of your breath. I can honestly say this DOES lead to our Anxiety then depression. I will leave you with the everyday life of someone yes living with COPD. Love Always. Derek. ###xx

Living with a terminal, chronic lung disease can really be challenging. So many things you have to think about and plan for. Something as simple as taking a shower seems to require so much time. You have to sit, rest a little while before you can get in. You have to purse lip breathe some to just get through it. When you get out, you may or may not be able to towel dry. you might have to just put on your robe instead. You need to sit down again and rest from the shower before you can even put your clothes on and of course you need to rest after you do. Then you have to brush your hair, etc..and more rest and rest again. Now you can probably understand what it takes to just start your day or to go somewhere.

One of the hardest things for me is to walk slow, really slow. My body is use to walking at a faster pace and will start off that way before my breathlessness reminds me, slow yourself down boy. Speaking of walking, most of us can just walk a little way before you have no choice but to sit down and rest. A rollator does help with that some. Especially if you purse lip breathe some almost every step.

We have learned tricks of how to try to hide how breathless we really are from people. We act like we are looking in our pocketbook for something or turn in the other direction so you can't see our heavy breathing.

Living with lung disease is not something you can ever forget about for even a little bit. You have to even think about how to breathe to eat. It's true. What is such a natural thing to most people can be difficult for some with lung disease. You have to remind yourself to exhale after swallowing instead of breathing in.

You also have to look at the pollen and mold spores levels before you can think to sit outside or open a window because it's such a nice day. The weather can really mess with you too. From the heat and humidity from the cold and the wind taking your breathe away, literally. The hardest for me is weather changes. When rain is moving in, the atmospheric changes make it much harder for me to keep my oxygen levels where they need to be. Even with my oxygen. My head hurts but it's a different kind of headache it's like someone pressing a brick down hard on the top of my head.

You have to plan everything when you go somewhere. Having enough oxygen, how far you have to walk, my rescue inhaler, will I be home in time to take my long acting bronchodilators, do I need my rollator, wheelchair, etc.

It's common for people with lung disease to have anxiety and depression. This can be when they have never had a problem like that before. Exercise like walking some may help but don't be ashamed to have your dr help you with medication. I take mine.

Speaking of medications ..ohhh the side effects. Steroids make it more common for you to have cataracts or glaucoma. Plus this and a more sedentary lifestyle equals weight gain and that can make it harder for you to breathe.

You also have a higher chance of having high blood pressure, gerd, sleep apnea, ostesporosis, diabetes and even lung cancer. Guess that explains the anxiety and depression, lol.

You know that's all we can really do is laugh and choose to be happy. Try to look on the brighter side. I know we can't always. Sometimes it smacks you in the face and you just can't help being sad. It's alright. Allow yourself that for a bit, then chin up and carry on. Keep learning what you can about our disease and do what you can to live longer and enjoy life the best you can. Push yourself but know your limits. Everyone has some kind of struggle. We can only do the best we can. If you can't go outside look out your windows. We all have something to deal with, some more than others. I chose to be happy and enjoy life the best I can regardless. I hope you do too. ❤️ 2 U.

Copy and paste if you would like your love ones know what you are going through. Please always remember that I am ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. Love Derek ###x

02/23/2020

Experience eating with presence. Savor your food with awareness and notice your relationship with the act of eating.
Oh, the gratefulness of a nourishing meal.

You'll see.
02/23/2020

You'll see.

02/22/2020

Today, truly see the person that is communicating with you.
Consider what may have happened in their lives.
Engage with their reality. What you find could be surprising.

Food for thought.
02/21/2020

Food for thought.

02/21/2020

Look for the blue sky. Reach out to someone you don't get along with. Do something different to see other's perspective.
Know we are all united at a higher level.

Some plants for good sleeping
02/20/2020
Top 9 Plants that absorb CO2 at night as well (best for indoors)

Some plants for good sleeping

Did u know these 9 plants absorb CO2 at night (best for indoors)? Check it how. Unlike other plants, these plants give off oxygen at night as well - so they’re great for indoor placements. If you’ve ever spent time in or near these settings, you’ll know how refreshing and revitalizing they are...

02/20/2020

02/20/2020

02/20/2020

Our attention is like a magnifying glass. If you find yourself focusing on only one part of your life, is this restricted attention beneficial or unhelpful?
Take a step back, look around.

How to start a lemon plant.
02/19/2020
A Pin for you

How to start a lemon plant.

Typically lemon trees flourish outdoors year-round in hot, sunny regions, but did you know you can also start a lemon tree in a teacup?

My lemon plant about two weeks after planting.I took the seed from a lemon and soaked them overnight in water.Then I pla...
02/19/2020

My lemon plant about two weeks after planting.
I took the seed from a lemon and soaked them overnight in water.
Then I planted them in a coffer mug. Stones first than soil. I planted them close to the top and covered in soil.
I placed plastic wrap on top and punched a few holes with a toothpick and placed under bright lights for about 18 hours per day.
Green foliage is showing and getting bigger every time I look at it.

02/19/2020

As you look back years from now, what will you be nostalgic for about this time in your life?
Allow yourself to feel the real you-both as a person and your life situation.

02/18/2020

February 18th 2020. Let's Talk Heart

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02/18/2020
Sudden Cardiac Arrest & ICD Implant

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Described as a plug not properly inserted to the wall socket causing a break in electrical circuit. When this circuit disconnect happens in a person it's call

Coming in 1 hour. Be my guest.
02/18/2020

Coming in 1 hour. Be my guest.

02/18/2020
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4 Breathing Exercises for COPD.
This is worthy of printing and hanging on the frig.

02/18/2020

It's okay not to feel okay.
Nurture your heart and soul and be gentle with yourself.
Love yourself and take care of you today, knowing this too shall pass.

02/17/2020

Whatever condition your heart is in today, lay a hand over it and breathe deeply.
Be aware as your heart is the centre of your emotions and passions.
Experience instead of escaping.

02/16/2020

Pay it forward.
Kindness is a gift that blesses the giver and the receiver.
Kindness stimulates serotonin, reduces pain, stress, anxiety and low moods.

02/15/2020

Today, celebrate your unpredictable world. Stay in the moment and focus on today.
Never let 'should' enter your thoughts.

02/15/2020
NowThis

The BRAVEST Lady I know because she let us experience it with her. I was moved.
Thank you Annette Miller for reminding me.

Watch this woman breathe for the first time with a new pair of lungs

REFLECTIONS OF COPD/ASTHMA – CATASTROPHIC THOUGHTS
02/14/2020
REFLECTIONS OF COPD/ASTHMA – CATASTROPHIC THOUGHTS

REFLECTIONS OF COPD/ASTHMA – CATASTROPHIC THOUGHTS

PART 4 of THINKING PANIC ATTACKS! By William for wheezingaway.com (ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so, let’s do wh…

02/14/2020

Take a few minutes today to offer love and kindness to yourself and others in whatever ways you wish.
Happy
Valentine's
Day

The COPD Guide to Better Breathing
02/14/2020
The COPD Guide to Better Breathing

The COPD Guide to Better Breathing

These tips help people with COPD complete daily tasks, maintain independence, and breathe more comfortably.

Take care of your heart today.
02/14/2020

Take care of your heart today.

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I struggle to ‘catch my breath,’ every day. I was diagnosed with COPD at age of 60 and CatchYourBreath60 was born.

I am a female with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), I had 2 Sudden Cardiac Arrests in 2016 I now suffer from Heart Failure.

Uncontrolled shortness of breath lead to heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. I had an Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) implanted.

It cost me my livelihood and my financial freedom.

Respiratory Rehabilitation gave me my life back. I follow the mantra to Eat Well, Think Positively, Exercise Daily. I am grateful and feel truly blessed for every day that I wake up.

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I went to pulmonologist for check. I asked her about the himalayian salt inhaler, she said NO NO NO, its not proven thing, so wanted to share that. I also asked about another inhaler type thing that open airways no meds now I can't find the darn paper I printed on it. This she said is very helpful and works wonders, but most insurances wont pay for it, but my insurance will pay for something similar. At this time I dont need it Im doing ok but future option. If I run across the paper I will share. I also asked becuz of a recent hospital stay I had my pulmonologist was on vacation, I was 45 miles from home and one at that hospital wanted to "clean out my lungs" he did not thankfully, but she doesnt recommend it unless no other option. She says its 50/50 shot of helping.
Hello ‘Catch Your Breath 60’. Also Barbara. I do not know if I am a member of your group, or a visitor that was able to make contact recently; so I am asking, if my making contact has automatically given me membership, or whether someone invited me to do so, which I don’t recall! My memory has always been excellent, but that’s just my opinion! Hopefully, that is still the case; unless you Barbara state otherwise! What does the ‘60’ represent in the group’s name? I would like to catch my breath, but it’s too fast for me. What are the rules (if any)? I expect you may reply- no religion, or politics: they are my two most interesting subjects; however, I can readily agree with not mentioning them if they are forbidden. Well, I do not want to take up any more space, so I’ll just say ‘Hope you all can catch your breaths for 2020, and not let them go😍
Happy New Year 2020 Breath Easy
Thankyou for inviting me to yr group x
Thanks for having me !
We are home, I have inflammation in my stomach,plus he took some pieces to send away for biopsy,Plus put me on meds, And they found 6 polyps on my small bowl,which are being send away for biopsy also, So this was not just n my head, But it will all work out for the best, Now we just wait, with fingers crossed,Thank you all
Slow and steady wins the race!
Hi Everyone, Was wondering if anyone had a Gastroscope and a Sigmoidoscopy done,I have stage 3 Copd and scared to be put to sleep,It’s is a local anesthetic,This is to be done Dec 16 at 10:40, can not have any fluids or food after 12:00 am the night before,thank you
Hello googled bruising and your post told me what my lung specialist and GP wouldn't and didn't about the horrid bruising on my forearms and wrists.Diagnosed 2012 with COAD/COPD and tests show 'stability. It's explaining to friends aquaintances and assistants in shops why your are panting,unable to carry anything, or keep to arrangements made.So it is with gratitude there is someone apart from medico's to communicate with some sympatico. Blessing & Bouquets.
Dr. Richard Brown video. Also, if you look up on You Tube Noah Greenspan’s Webinar #23, Dr. Brown was the guest and he does in a breathing exercise in that. His book is called The Healing Power of the Breath, which comes with a CD.
Good Monday morning to you!