Autumn is a beautiful time of year for many people across the country. The leaves are changing colors, and the air is starting to have a nip that lets us know winter is coming soon. However, fall is also a time when many people have a lot of yardwork to do, and you may be worried about keeping up with your yardwork if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here are 4 tips that can help you keep up with yardwork when you have COPD:
1. Take Your Time
COPD causes increased fatigue, making long sessions of yardwork difficult for patients with this chronic lung condition. To help decrease your fatigue, it’s a good idea to break up yardwork into multiple sessions. Also, pay attention to your body and take breaks when you get tired while you’re working.
2. Be Aware of Outdoor Air Quality
Outdoor air quality is important to people with COPD, and this is especially true when you’re planning to do yardwork in the fall. There tends to be lots of pollen in the air early in the season — the high level of pollen means it’s more likely to irritate your lungs, and this can make it even harder for you to breathe. Also, mold spores tend to build up under fallen leaves in the autumn.
Because of these factors, being aware of outdoor air quality is even more important than normal, and you should avoid doing yardwork on days when the air quality is bad. You can find out what your local air quality is by watching the news or looking online.
3. Use Assistance Devices
Another tip to consider when doing autumn yardwork is to use as many assistance devices as possible. This can make yardwork easier for you to do, and they can help reduce your risk of having COPD symptoms worsen. For example, you should consider wearing a dust mask to keep pollen, mold spores and other particles out of your mouth and nose while you work.
Also, it can be helpful to use tools with extended handles to minimize bending and kneeling, and using a stool can help you avoid these movements and help you conserve energy. Using a wagon to carry tools and oxygen devices can also help you conserve energy, as well as avoid multiple trips back and forth to your tool storage area.
4. Ask Others for Help if You Need It
In some cases, you may need to ask others for help with certain tasks, and that’s OK. Yards with lots of trees mean lots of leaves, and it may be difficult for you to bag them all. It can be even harder to carry these bags to the garbage. Your friends and family could be willing to help you with these types of tasks if you ask them. In fact, your friends and family might look at such requests as an opportunity to spend quality time together.
If you don’t have friends or family close by, you can talk to your neighbors and see if any of them are willing to help you. You could even hire a local teenager or gardening service, and pay them to help you with tasks you aren’t able to do on your own.
Lung Health Institute Offers Cellular Therapy for COPD
At Lung Health Institute, our team has developed a treatment option for COPD and other chronic lung diseases, and this treatment is called cellular therapy.
When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken, and from this sample platelets, proteins, growth factors and other beneficial cells are separated and concentrated. The concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This can help promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, and it can also allow patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.