To overcome COPD you must stop smoking. Don is playing golf, so I am going to tackle this subject. Don stopped smoking before we met. This is so important. I would not have married him if he had not quit. (He thinks I am cute, It would have been a big loss.) We would not have met. He would more than likely be dead.
Not smoking is an important part of overcoming COPD. The list of reasons to quit smoking are long. Here are the reasons Don would tell you he quit.
- I want to live.
- I never want to be intubated again.
After he quit and started feeling better here are his reasons for not smoking.
- I am living a great life.
- I have been able to get off oxygen.
- I do not need pills that have anything to do with blood flow or blood pressure.
- I play golf, I use my boat, I can go dancing with the Red Head.
- I have 98% blood oxygen levels.
The list on the Chantix page is a lot like Don’s healing. One step at a time.
- 24 hours Blood Pressure and heart rate may drop.
- 48 hours-Carbon monoxide level in the blood may return to normal.
- 2 to 12 weeks Circulation may improve and lung function can increase.
- 1 year after quitting – Excess risk of coronary disease is half that of a smoker.
- 10 +years – Risk of lung cancer death is half of a non-smoker.
- 15 + years Risk of stroke and coronary heart disease is that of a non smoker.
There are other lists. Find the one that means something to you, so you can overcome COPD.