Summertime Fun~ even with COPD

Summer is here and sometimes for those with COPD it can seem like another cruel extreme of weather. The radiant heat of the car, particles in the air, oppressive humidity and increased hastiness can leave you gasping for relief. So it becomes important to plan and practice the personal therapeutic steps you can take to defeat the dog days of summer.

Let’s review some key points to help you get back into life and enjoy some of those the gentle breezes, toasty beams, and lively tastes of summer living her in the south coast.

Consider your needs:

  • Take rest breaks, bring a portable seat
  • Plan ahead for necessities such as O2 travel tanks, have them filled and ready
  • Add additional time to accomplish tasks
  • Have cell phone and/or personal alarm system in reach

Keep it simple silly:

Learning to do tasks in other ways to conserve energy can often take away ambition and take the proverbial “wind out of your sails”. However, as with most things, the more often you do something the easier it becomes. So take a seat while you: brush your teeth, bath and dress, prep a meal, etc. The more you conserve now perhaps the more you will have throughout the day.

Breathe with your movements:

Try to instill good breathing practices and skills. To keep in practice with this try to focus a light therapeutic home exercise program with deep full breaths per repetition. Don’t hold your breath with exercise or other activities.

Breathing is so important:

Pursed Lip Breathing is technique you can do to perhaps help with oxygen saturation, regain endurance, and get your breath back.

By Jason DeMoranville, OTA

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe.  COPD can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Occupational therapy is a key component to the Community Nurse & Hospice Care COPD program.  The focus of our program is to empower our patients to manage their symptoms and to reach their optimal level of health.



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