My COPD Slang – And their Real Definitions
COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a long-term lung disease that refers to both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD symptoms include persistent cough with mucus and shortness of breath. There are Four stages of COPD. Treatment includes medications, exercise and lifestyle changes.
02- Oxygen – Self explanatory, sorta’
C02- Us with COPD breathe in 02, then have a difficult time expelling the Carbon Dioxide (C02) produced by the in-breath. Then, C02 builds up in the lungs and leaves little room for 02. And before you know it, I’m SOB. So we often PLB to clear the lungs of C02. So you may often hear me refer to PLB or PLBing. It’s a common term around our house.
Hubby will say: “start plbing….” “you better plb…” “Aren’t you plbing..” You get my drift. He’s Bossy!
Clear as MUD, isn’t it
Plb – Pursed Lip Breathing – Pretend to Sniff a rose bud / then blow gently to cool a bowl of soup
Oximeter – A small, plastic gauge that can measure saturation levels of oxygen in the blood from a finger
Sats – Saturation Level – How much oxygen (02) is in the blood
Sob – Shortness of Breath – low sats can cause sob
The Tether – (Hubby Says) The purple tubing that connects me to my Oxygen Concentrator like an umbilical cord
The Tube – (I Say) Same as above
POC – Portable Oxygen Concentrator – Used for travel, they usually take batteries and some are fairly lightweight. But many need a cart since they can be heavy if the batteries are large
LABA – Long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonists (LABAs, more specifically β2-agonists) are usually prescribed for moderate to severe persistent asthma patients or patients withchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
SABA – Short-acting beta2-agonists are available in inhaled, pill, liquid, and injectable forms.
In other words: I take an inhaled medication (Saba) twice a day, Morning and Night (Symbicort)
And I take an inhaled medication once a day (Laba) around noon each day (Spiriva)
The combination keeps that elephant on my chest at bay as best it can– But, believe me, many folks with COPD are more than perturbed by the commercial that portrays the person with medication revived to their normally healthy self. It simply isn’t true! If I could ride a bike without oxygen– when I need any of those inhaled medications above?
A quick Animated View of COPD, What Happens, What to Do