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One of the biggest problems with trying to make lifestyle changes is not getting discouraged. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or start an exercise plan; it’s hard to notice the gains when keeping all the data in your head. For people with lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), keeping a COPD treatment journal can be beneficial for seeing gradual improvements over a long period of time.
What is a COPD Treatment Journal
A COPD Treatment Journal is a notebook where you keep track of your progress and note your symptoms. According to Baylor Scott & White Health, keeping a journal is a good way to keep a record of how you felt after working out or for figuring out what causes flair-ups if they’re regularly occurring. All patients of the Lung Institute receive a free COPD Treatment Journal to keep track of their progress after receiving cell therapy treatments. The first page of the Lung Institute COPD Treatment Journal includes the following:
“As you resume your daily activities, allow this journal to serve as a reminder that no improvement is too small to document, and each victory is worth celebrating on your journey towards a life of better breathing.”
Other Benefits of Keeping a COPD Treatment Journal
When recording changes, it’s important to keep in mind that some changes may seem small and hard to detect while others are noticeable right away. Think about it like someone beginning an exercise program to lose weight. If you were to weigh yourself every day, you’d get discouraged by the pounds not falling off. But if you were to weigh yourself every other week, you’d notice greater improvement. The same goes for keeping a COPD Treatment Journal; you’ll notice more improvement over a longer period of time.
Another benefit is that recording your symptoms can relieve mental stress. Mental stress can translate to physical stress. Writing down your COPD troubles can reduce stress hormones. A better emotional state can lead to handling exacerbations quickly and efficiently.
Which Details to Record
It’s important to focus on the right details when keeping a COPD Treatment Journal.
- Record on a scale of one to ten (with ten being the most difficult) how hard it was to complete basic tasks, such as climbing up stairs or walking.
- Take note of your surroundings; note the air quality. If you’re walking along a busy street with more pollution, try to find an alternate route.
- Monitor medical treatment plans such as how often you used your rescue inhaler, the total oxygen used during the day, and incentive spirometer results.
No matter what your current condition is, it is possible to get back to the life you want. If you or a loved one is interested in cellular therapy for lung disease, contact us at the Lung Institute to learn more or call (800) 729-3065 today.