Living with COPD and Cor Pulmonale

Charlene Collins By Charlene Collins, 13th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Having good health often promotes long life. I am 64 years young. I'm not in great health, but I try to live with a positive attitude.

Living with CHF and Cor Pulmonale

Many writers may know me from another site. I have learned to cope, as best that I can, with my illness. For those that don't know, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cor pulmonale is a pulmonary disease that impairs the lungs and heart. In essence I cannot walk from room to room without being short of breath.

I stay in bed a lot due to my condition and due to the medication I take. The medicine makes me very sleepy within 20 minutes of taking it. I take two kinds of seizure medicine that keeps me rather sleepy. I also take medicines for my breathing problems and anxiety.

Living from day to day is a struggle and quite boring. My only escape is being online or reading. I do a lot of reading on my iPad. I have both iBooks and Kobo. This is how I cope psychologically. I also do a lot of journaling.

Physically I cope by either using oxygen or using my CPAP machine. Most if the time the oxygen isn't enough to open up the airways in the lower lungs,so my air sacs in my lower lobes lack the surfactant to keep them open. Surfactant is a slippery substance that helps the air sacs function properly. When my lungs are severely affected I use the CPAP machine because it uses positive pressure to keep my lungs opening and functioning.

I also have a daily inhaler disc that I use twice daily and a nebulizer that uses Albuterol and Atrovent. I also have a rescue inhaler for when everything else fails to give me proper relief.

Pollen is very prevalent here in the south. I live near Metro Atlanta in a great neighborhood. However the pollen makes it impossible for me to get outside. I purchased some masks that are similar to surgical masks that can be worn up to eight hours at a time. As of yet, I have not used any due to chronic wheezing and weakness.

I got depressed for a long time. I couldn't seem to snap out of feeling bad about feeling miserable. I wanted an escape, but a healthy one.; so, for me, keeping my mind occupied with reading and writing keeps me as healthy and grounded as I can be.


Copd, Coping, Cor Pulmonale, Illness

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Charlene is a former health writer and a retired nurse. She will write in many genres.

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author avatar Legend
13th Apr 2015 (#)

You are suffering greatly and I am glad that you have found some respite with wikinut
what lung disease are you suffering from - copd can be caused by many differen things and cor pulmonale is a result of copd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Apr 2015 (#)

We are dealt a pack of cards in life and health is the most important to have. I am inspired that you are finding meaning and respite through doing what you love despite the odds. Hope to read more of yours here, Charlene - siva

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
15th Apr 2015 (#)

Charlene just remember that you are valuable to the Lord, I will keep you in my prayers.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
19th Apr 2015 (#)

So glad to see you on board here. Great article! Keep it up.

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author avatar Charlene Collins
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Eve. Nice to be here. I'm not on much.

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author avatar Charlene Collins
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Hi Legend. Mine was caused by years of smoking. Being overweight made my cor pulmonale come back. When I lost about 150 pounds it went away. Now that I am near bed bound it's hard to lose. I have a wheelchair when I'm up and a walker.

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