I have COPD, diagnosed years ago. I have had all types of medications including O2 in my home. I live in the Northeast US. I will be moving to the Northwest US, during the summer or fall this year.
I have found that as a very active person, the winters in the Northeast prohibit me from walking as MUCH as I'd like and for as LONG as I'd like. This activity, several times a day, actually has helped my COPD and arthritis tremendously. I no longer use the O2 (although it's still in my home). I haven't been hospitalized in 2 years and my LFT's have improved dramatically.
We have to make a life change and life choices. My dear family is here, locally, but I wish to see them for years to come - via Skype and occasional visits. In the meantime, I will enjoy new scenery, new friends and a new lifestyle.
Please note, I am in the lower income bracket. It's a DECISION I needed to make and was appropriate for me. I'm now looking forward to the future and rarely think of my ailments, other than to take my 17 medications, which I limit to 1/day, mornings only.
NOTE:(I was previously taking 27 meds: 1/2/3/4 times/day; before/after breakfast; @ bedtime. My life revolved around 13 Drs., Hospitalizations and Medication Regimens. I gained control of my life, after 1 month, at
an Assisted Living Facility. I was OVERDOSED. I left
AMA, with one of my children.