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Haircut for COPD

Haircut shears

Do it yourself haircut is easy. Save money
Avoid driving to barber shop
Avoid exposure to other people, especially during cold front.
Wait for good day outside. Sit in the sun and get hair cut. Don't breathe hair. Cover face with mask while hair is being cut.
Do not use powder or lotions with fragrance.
IT CAN BE UNSAFE TO USE ELECTRIC SHEARS AROUND OXYGEN. Use scissors instead of shears if oxygen is being used.
Hair cutting kit/ $18
Features/ resources:
6'10" long cord with polarized plug, beveled ear cutting attachments, choose any length of hair from 1/8" buzz to 1" long
Choose length, snap color-coded length attachment to cutter, plug it in, start cutting, neck trim attachment, comb and small pair scissors included.
Don't worry, it will grow back.
Here is Photo of kit at my house
artificial flowers

Use artificial flowers (or no flower) instead of real flowers

Avoid fragrances such as flowers, potpourri and perfumes
Change flower arrangements frequently if possible to avoid build-up of dust

Having a nice environment that's clean and uncluttered can be easier for COPD patients
Have a cleaning service if possible
Have friends or family de-clutter the environment
Do not remain in the same room where cleaning is taking place you do not want to see breathe the dust or cleaning chemicals

Pleasant surroundings can be a calming effect which can help improve oxygen
Stress will often decrease oxygen

Flower arrangements
air filter

Allergen air filters

"Pollution can cause heart attack Intermountain Medical Center's Heart Institute found that risk of most serious kind of heart attack rises after the level of PM2.5 (fine particulate) pollution reaches 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air. That's the yellow, or "moderate," range of air pollution.
Such pollution is comprised of fine particles of metals, allergens, organic chemicals, soot and dirt, each measuring about 1/20th the width of a human hair. For every 10 micrograms above 25 the PM2.5 rate reaches, the risk of a serious heart attack rises by 15 percent.
People with heart disease are vulnerable because plaque in artery walls becomes inflamed when breathing polluted air. The plaque becomes unstable, swells and splits, blocking the artery." end of quote
The same particles and pollutants can cause inflamed airwaves in people with COPD.
COPD patients are at double risk from air pollution because both heart and lungs are affected.
3M Filtrete air filters
Allergen air filters
Features/ resources:
Allergen air filters simply filter the air and have no byproduct. Air filters that draw air through fabric filters, and HEPA filters do the best job of removing contaminants from the air. However, electrostatic filters produce ozone as a byproduct. Ozone is an irritant that can inflame airwaves. Any product that produces ozone is bad for airwaves and COPD.
Best actions: ban smoking and perfumes. Remove carpet. Maintain HVAC equipment. Change air filters regularly.
We use the 600 filtrete dust and pollen filter changed each 2 months. And have IQ air machine for bedroom.
Breath builder

Breath builder

Spirometry is 'measuring breath. It is used for pulmonary function test.'
The breath builder is one aspect of spirometry. It measures amount of inhaled air volume. It is also used to help maintain lung health.
Ideal methid: breathe in slow and deep. Slow inhale uses diaphragm muscle, while quick inhale uses chest muscles.
Use breath builder 2-3 times per day, in addition to prescribed inhalers (if applicable to diagnosis), can help keep airwaves open.
Using the breath builder first thing in morning can help raise oxygen level in bloodstream in some patients.
It is also used to help strengthen and expand lung capacity for horn players and musicians.
Doing arm exercises and leg exercises from a sitting position, after using breath builder, is sometimes prescribed for clearing airwaves and maintaining good circulation and strength.
Breath builder
Spirometers at Amazon
Resources/ research:
Spriometry and COPD/ pdf
Spirometry science and explanation/ pdf
peak flow meter

Peak flow meter

Peak flow meter measures level of obstruction in airwaves.
It is not an exercise that is done daily, although it can be used this way.
It can be used before and after using broncodialiators to estimate effectiveness of treatment.
The measurements are approximate, and they vary throughout the day depending on general healh, condition and fatique.
Other factors that affect the result are age and height. The peak flow of a person declines with age.
How to use: Insert end in mouth and form firm seal with lips. Relax mouth and neck. Sit up straight. Take deep breath through nose.
Exhale as quickly as possible in one push using diaphram and chest muscles.
Peak flow meter charts are available online. For example my age and height shows average number. And my results are normally lower, but occasionally higher. My reults are much lower immediately after walking because of condition and fatique.
Doctor says not to worry too much about results since the charts are not correct for all people. The main thing it to keep a good outlook and stay healthy. He says if you look at peak flow results, then it will cause concern and stress.... and that will lower the results.
Asthma meter
How to cough
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Technique for coughing

How to cough with COPD.

Sit upright in chair.
Breath slowly inward through nose.
Deep breath.
Lean forward and cough while exhaling.
Flex diaphram and chest muscles

Inhaler mask

Inhalers are sometimes prescribed by doctor
Masks are not covered by Medicare
Order mask locally or online
Masks are disposable. Must be disposed after a month or so. Get recommendation from doctor or nurse.
Many inhalers carry warning against getting mist into eyes
Use long tube type instead of mask if the inhaler can get into eyes

Updraft nebulizer Hudson updraft nebulizer at emergency medical products
Order adult mask
Updraft nebulizer II at emergency medical products
Rescue inhaler

Rescue inhaler

Keep your rescue inhaler with you all the time.
Have another inhaler by the bedside.


Expectorants, like Musinex chest congestion, can be prescribed by doctor to help loosen mucus from lungs.
Also buy over counter at Walgreens.
READ the package label for reactions and side effects.
Side effects are important consideration such as headache, dizziness, sleeeplessness, etc. Be careful: protect yourself from falling and make sure your get rest.. Doctor should always be consulted.
My doctor said up to 1200 mg per day.
Be careful to avoid the cold and flue version of Musines, and get the chest congestion, if you do not have cold. The other ingredients, like tylenol are not best choice for some patients.
Musinex at Amazon

Vibrating massager

Hold against ribs in front or back to loosen mucus and help clear lungs
Person hitting back with cupped hand can also loosen mucusBuy
Whal at Amazon

Vibrating vest is available to help clear lungs

Overnight bag

Keep a bag packed for the hospital.
Put essential medicines and inhalers in the bag, plus list of all medicines, and doctors and contact numbers.
Often the hospital will not want you to take your regular medicines until condition is determined.
WWith some medicines, the hospital schedule is not your usual schedule. For example acid reflux medicine should be taken 1 hour before first meal of the day... but the hospital
I suggest having yiour regular medicines on hand.
Include extra cell phone charger, extension cord, pencil, paper, socks, underwear.
wear respirator mask

Wear respirator mask when going outside

I am wearing 'half mask' with organic vapor cartridge. This has protected me from breathing vapors, dusts etc.
I wear the mask when going outside or moving around boxes or anything that will stir up dust, dirt and mold.
The filter cartridges are replaceable.
It is more difficult to breath through the mask... but it is safer for people with lung problems who can breath hard enough
Smoke, pollutants, dust, forest fires, etc can affect lungs and airways
When rainfall ends and then sunshine following, this condition will cause explosion of mold spores... avoid going outside on those days.

Avoid large crowds.
Respirator masks

Resources/ research:
Picture of types of half masks

medical mask

Prevent illness/ don't breathe dust / Avoid going out during weather change, bad air

Fresh cut grass, cold fronts, cold weather, leaves, sunshine after a rain, allergy season, tree and pollen season, air pollution, ozone, house cleaning, old papers and cardboard, laundry, bug spray, household cleaners and chemicals, laundry day... can cause irritation of lungs and possible infection.
Applies to any person with lung problems, severe allergies, or weakened immune systemPrepare in advance when a storm front is forecast. Shop ahead of time. Plan to stay indoors.
Avoid going outside after a cold front arrives ... people are prone to catch pneumonia ... or catch colds from other people
Stay indoors.
Wear respirator and dusk mask. I wear the N95 dust and surgical mask. Can impede breathing in those with weaker inhalation strength.
N95 mask
Neli med nasal rinse
Starter kit has 5 packets of saline mix
Or buy the full kit with 50 packets

Neli-med nasal rinse

Folks using some drugs and inhalers frequently have dry nasal passages. For example inhalers and sleep and anxiety meds etc.
To keep nose open, I use the Nelipot and saline mix.
Be careful when using before laying down. Draining sinuses can cause respiratory difficulty.
Always use distilled water.
You can clean the Nelipot by filling with distilled water and adding 1 drop of bleach. Let sit overnight.
When I feel a cold coming on, I add a couple drop of white vinegar when mixing new solution. Adding a tiny bit of vinegar... the mixture is harsh, and I certainly have no idea if this is recommended by medical profession, but it has prevented me from getting cold so far.... and the nasal cold was always a precursor to the cold dropping into my lungs, requiring antibiotic. Be cautious if you try this.
The manufacturer recommends use new nedipot each 6 months. I change mine every other month.
My doctor says, the solution is just saltwater, and that saltwater does not prevent mold. You must not keep using same nelipot.
Nelimed at Amazon
Walgreens also carries the neli med product
soap dispenser

Large soap dispenser

Washing hands is important to avoid bronchial problems
Bar of soap is easy
Soap dispenser can be used with 1 hand for dispensing
Large bottle is convenient
Mix dish soap with water ... although dish soap can dry out hands

Larger soap dispenser bottle
Low salt cookbook

Low salt diet

Low salt diet is usually recommended by doctors for patients with COPD and heart problems
Salt can cause water retention in the body including the lungs
To prevent build up of water and fluid in the lungs and low-salt diet is essential
Read food labels and plan ahead

Low water intake can also help heart and kidney function in people with enlarged heart of with other heart ailments.
People with COPD frequently develop enlarged heart.
Too much water consumed at one time, or consumed over a period of time, can cause decreased salt content in the blood which can cause bowel problems in addition to serious risk of seizure and death. Too little water can also cause health problems.
Low salt diet books at Amazon
COPD exercises
Doing arm exercises with resistance band
Using flashlight in each hand for weight
Sitting position, back straight
Move arms outward
See illustrations of each COPD exercise

COPD Exercise, walking + arm exercise with optional Resistance band

Exercise is important if doctor advises it.
Exercise includes walking and arm exercises.
Important thing is not straining or breathing too hard. Keep slow pace and don't push yourself. Build your strength slowly.
Strong chest and shoulders are important for COPD health.
Walk on flat smooth floor. Remove obstacles to avoid tripping. Keep a chair nearby if you need to sit. Stop periodically.
Stand straight with shoulders back. Keep arms at side. Swing arms.
Arm exercises while sitting are important. Always breathe in slowly-and-deeply. This can help loosen lungs and strengthen shoulders.
Strong chest and shoulders are important for COPD health.
Do arm exercises while seated, with small weight in each hand... flashlights with or without batteries make a good weight that is easy to grip.
Build up to 10 repetitions for each exercise shown below.
-hold arms straight in front of you... raise both arms over your head and then back to lap.
-raise one arm over head at same time straight one leg.so leg is straight. Repeat with other leg.
-start with arms in front, and stretch arms outward.
-arms in front, bend deeply forward while breathing in ... and do the same exercise while breathing out.
-turn head slowly one direction and then the next
-rotate torso slowly one direction and then rotate the other direction
See illustrations of each COPD exercise
Green medium resistance band
Red light resistance band 
Pulse oximeter

Pulse oximeter

Pulse oximeter measures oxygen saturation in the blood.
And it also reads heartbeats per minute.
Normal O2 saturation reading for young person is 98. The number declines if person is in ill health or older..
My doctor says: 'you and I are the same as long as your O2 is 90 or above"
Caution, below 90 you should be aware that this reading means putting on oxygen, doing your emeregency inhaler, sitting down or laying down or breathing deeper or clearing lungs with caughing or visiting emergncy room is a wise course.. Having two pulse oximeters at the home will check reliability

Pulse oximeter
Bathroom support bar
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Replace bathroom towel bars with support bar

Make bathroom safer
Attach to structure (2x4) using handrail bracket.
Simple sanded 2x2 with stain for color is all that's needed
I used a treated 2x2 left over from construction years

The support bar is extended into the bathtub for safer entry and exit from tub
How to attach handrail to pocket door
Bathroom support bars
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Add safety grab bars to bathtub.

Caution... the soap dish will not hold your weight.
Use stainless bolts and screws. Avoid using the pot steel bolts and screws they send with product.
Buy real stainless screws and toggles at local store.

Be careful when buying stainless. Often the package says stainless, but it's just pot metal from china covered with stainless coating.
Go to real hardware store. Look in the pull-out boxes.
You can feel the weight of a stainless screw or bolt... it's much heavier and more reliable than the pot steel that comes with bar.

Attach the lowest bar to 2x4 inside wall... best if both ends are attached to 2x4, but at least 1 end must be attached to structure using stainless screw.
Other end can be attached using stainless toggle bolts. Do NOT use the plastic anchors. Use real metal toggle that opens behind the wall.

Safety grab bar at Amazon
Bathtub safety grab bars
Support bar on door frame
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Support bar on door frame

Use lag screws to attach to 2x4 frame
Add to any door frame

Safety grab bar at Amazon
Bathtub safety grab bars
amazon echo
remote control
Ted stockings
Stethoscopes at Amazon

rolling cart
kitchen cart

smoke detector

wall organizer


TED stockings
bathroom heater
auto off light switch

innospire replacement filter
Nebulizer Nebulizer kit
Nebulizer kit at Amazon
12 nebulizer kits
Phillips respironics nebulizer
Nebulizer Updraft nebulizer Hudson updraft nebulizer at emergency medical products
Order adult mask
Updraft nebulizer II at emergency medical products
Nebulizer compresso
innospire and parts
PEE Male urinal
item 80235
Tubing Nebulizer tubing at Amazon
Oxygen mask and tubing
cannula Salter labs cannual 1600-4 package 10 at Amazon
mask w tube oxygen masks w tube
50' oxygen hose 50' oxygen hose
Oxygen supply company will have these if you are Medicare
Flow meter Peak flow meter at Amazon
Medical masks at Amazon
N95 Medical mask with double loop around head/ at Amazon
Buy lot of 120 for cheaper shipping and overall price

If double loop is too tight/ then cut end of each loop and tie together ot make 1 long loop. Then keep 1 side of the loop over one ear.
Nose Neilmed products at Amazon
Neilmed sinuse rinse
Sinus rinse at Nelimed
nasal irrigation system
heart lungs Stethoscopes at Amazon
Breathe builder
compression socks anti embolism knee length anti-embolism stockings
tennis socks Breath builder exercizer
grip and grab Grip and grab
grip and grab 50"
Microfiber cloths 12 pack green
Karman 3 wheel roll chair at Amazon
Green resistance band at Amazon
Shoes Golashes
size 12-13 golashes at Amazon
golashes at Amazons
Medial bed/ etc Medical bed and related supplies
Medical bed mattress
Sheets for medical bed Bed bug proof encasement
Fitted sheet and cover sheet
Therapy massager/ heated
Motion activated Motion activated light
heated socks
heated booties
electric socks
Package tape
Package tape with holder
cat food Hill science diet / cat food
Cordless doorbell
haircut kit
window air conditioner
window air conditioner
Don't use pesticides such as Termidor
Termidor at Amazon
print paper
Hair catcher
wireless mouse
Expandable hose
Fleet saline enema
Hummingbord food
Lotion dispense bottle
carpemter ant spray
Gel ant tubes
logitech mouse
z wave basics
pond liner
never go flat wheelbarrow wheel
eye systane eye drops
Shoes clear shoe goo
glue hot melt glue sticks
shower hair catcher
floor bona floor cleaner refill
Duma king
Dr sleep
thermometer thermometer
forehead thermometer
thermometer cover
iphone kit
gift card
bathroom wall timer

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