Songs on Script

Hi Barbara, you’re getting all of us that love Bill Hamiliton’s blog. I had noticed this, but you’ve got me thinking about joining a choir! Thank you! I also suspect blowing up balloons might work pretty well. I read this was one doctor’s solution of rehabilitative care for those who had broken their ribs. He was from Mexico and didn’t have all our wherewithal. Mind, it takes some time – LOL, but letting go of the balloon and watching the dog and cat – priceless!

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The original 'long cool woman in a black dress', Audrey Hepburn. The original ‘long cool woman in a black dress’, Audrey Hepburn.

In 1972, the year Big Tobacco said it was “a colossal nonsense that smoking causes emphysema”, I was listening to the Hollies ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’, and smoking Kents that were killing me softly. By 1976 I had my foot firmly on that Stairway to Heaven.

Surprising as it may sound, it has long been suspected that singing can help people with breathing difficulties.

Singing helps your lung capacity, buoys your spirits, refreshes your memory and probably strengthens your immune system. It is free, it’s legal and it’s fun. As we used to say of sex.

The World Health Organization’s shocking outlook is that COPD will be the third leading cause of death by 2030. Around the world today, an estimated 65 million of us are struggling to breathe on a daily basis.

So if there…

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  1. “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult.
    Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that make up COPD. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Emphysema occurs when the air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) in the lungs are gradually destroyed.
    Damage to your lungs from COPD can’t be reversed, but treatment can help control symptoms and minimize further damage.
    Mayo Clinic Staff”
    Is that correct, Huntie ? – about controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage ?


    • I am no expert, M.R., but that is my understanding. The key word is “minimizing.” At this time, there is no reversing damage done and the best we’ve got right now is controlling symptoms, minimizing further damage, and doing our damedest to avoid an exacerbation – such as a cold, which becomes pneumonia, which makes life verra verra difficult. Mine has been diagnosed as Emphysema with asthma. Bill Hamilton of Dealing With COPD talked on his blog this week about the effects of an exacerbation – that each time more damage is done, but the damage can vary from say, a .5% loss to 2% loss, depending.


      • Emphysema with asthma. Struth. Your poor bugger. Do you keep one of those little oxygen machines ? Or just an inhaler ? Oh, never mind, Huntie: I don’t want to be cross-examining you about this. You have enough on your plate just managing it.


        • The Rx and equipment you have on hand depends entirely on where you land on the COPD line, M.R. So, for instance, at this time, Bill Hamilton of Dealing with COPD fame is further along than I and on oxygen 24/7 and a host of other stuff. I have an emergency inhaler I never go anywhere without, I’m on two daily Rx for keeping my lungs as open as possible, and a nebulizer machine with Rx for bad days/times. It comes back to awareness – keeping an internal observer to note what stresses, what helps, and doing it. Ah, doing it – I’m half-assed on that. I love your concern and thank you for it, M.R. I am doing very well. The trick is it can shift without warning, so I’ve become even better at appreciating every day. Grin.


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