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The host comes full screen. He is a male around the age of 45 to 55. He is a “NASCAR dad”-type of guy, plain spoken and likeable, dressed in khakis and plaid shirt. We see he is at a lunch counter in a diner.
What does it feel like to have COPD? How does it affect your life?
Because of the COPD, I have to be aware that I’m going to have to move more slowly, that I will be out of breath more quickly than I used to be. I’ve always loved gardening. Certain kinds of things that I used to do easily, maybe I need to get somebody else to do.
[Coughing] Excuse me. I don’t want to be lying there coughing all the time. I don’t want to be struggling. I don’t want to struggle for that breath, and believe me, I’ve struggled for it.
It’s almost like I’d have times where I was just gasping for air. I just…it’s not like I couldn’t catch my breath. I just couldn’t breathe. Maybe that was the way of explaining it. I stopped trying to be a rider and became a passenger on the back of his bike.
I bet you know people like this. The thing is, they started out by just feeling a little short of breath now and then, maybe coughing a bit now. If that happens to you, how do you know if it’s something you really should be paying attention to?
Host shows us a half- page COPD PSA in newspaper, holding it up for us to see.
Take a look here. Are you constantly coughing, what we often call “smoker’s cough”? Do you get short of breath doing things that you used to be able to do? Do you ever feel like you can’t breathe or can’t take a really deep breath? Do you find yourself wheezing? Well, all of these are symptoms of COPD.
You know, it’s really important that you talk to your doctor and let him know what you’re experiencing. And you should also ask about getting a breathing test called spirometry.
It’s a simple test that can probably be done in your doctor’s office. And I have a video.
Edna pulls up video on her computer of spirometry which comes full screen while Edna talks over it.
Spirometry measures how well your lungs function.
Nurse on video:
…and blow it out. Blow, blow, blow, blow….
Your doctor will be able to assess how well your lungs are working and whether or not you need to worry about COPD.
So the key here really is getting diagnosed.
Absolutely. From there, you and your doctor can come up with a plan to help you breathe easier, relieve your symptoms, and lead a more active life.