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  •  You've touched on something I know about (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, ludlow, RN4MERCY

    I work - for nearly 30 years now - in a department of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab.
    A well done pulmonary rehab program would do you a great deal of good - learning more about managing your disease, improving physical condition and learning breathing techniques to maximize the function you do have.
    Here in California, our medicaid program never pays for it.  But my hospital will offer it for free to medicaid patients as a community service - part of our mission as a non-profit institution.
    I would strongly encourage you to seek out a hospital that will do that for you.  I know that Florida health care has been heavily infiltrated by for-profit hospitals, but look around for an independent non-profit.  The chain non-profits tend to act a lot like the for-profits.  A community based independent non-profit is most likely to offer that sort of care for the uninsured/underinsured as a community service.  Best of luck to you and hope you can find a program open to you.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 05:32:49 PM PST

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    •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

      I'll look into it, though the community based hospital is about 3 hours away by bus, where as the one my Pulmo doc is through is 1.5 hours away by bus . I have some friends in OT out there (that's where I did my externship for school), maybe I should just call out there, see if the program exists at that hospital and if I could be eligible for it.  I do the breathing and the energy conservation, etc. It's the increasing physical ability I need help with. Every time I try to start a program at home, something happens (a cold, or a weather change) that sets me back again, and my kids freak out if I am trying to exercise and getting short of breath.

      •  I feel for you. (0+ / 0-)

        Sounds like you are in some tough binds.  But if you can find a way to do it, a pulmonary rehab program can do a lot of good.  The regular contact with experts at supervising what you are doing, knowing when to push and when to back off is amazingly powerful.
        Being forced to live without a car in a place where all planning is based on the car can magnify all other life problems.  

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 07:11:26 PM PST

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        •  The bus trip (0+ / 0-)

          I did the six hours a day on the bus for four months to that hospital during my externship, that's not the problem. The problem is I'm not sure I can do the walk between connections any longer, at least not safely. I'd have to drag one of my kids with me as backup, and to call for help if I need it.

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