Tag Archives: Spirometry testing

Happy Martin Luther King Day 2013! NAACP’s Health Fair in photos – a little late

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

The recent NAACP Health Fair at Olympic College was fun, a day full of record rainfall, a little snow, great speakers and booths crammed with information.

The program included a delightful parade of kids –  tots to teens modeling the latest fashions and we were later served a delicious box lunch.

Thanks to the NAACP Health Fair, I had the opportunity to show and tell about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and what it can lead to…not good stuff.  It was my pleasure, thanks for asking.

Harrison Medical Center was not able to attend to offer early detection COPD Spirometry testing – this time.

A quick glance around when I arrived showed a who’s who of Kitsap County, including Bremerton’s Mayor, Patty Lent.

18-IMG_3018 17-IMG_3016 16-IMG_3013 15-IMG_3010 14-IMG_3007 13-IMG_3005 12-IMG_3004 11-IMG_3000 10-IMG_2998 09-IMG_2990 08-IMG_2989 07-IMG_2986 06-IMG_2983 05-IMG_2979 04-IMG_2976 28-IMG_2969 27-IMG_2967 26-IMG_3029 25-IMG_3026 24-IMG_3024 23-IMG_3023 22-IMG_3022 21-IMG_3021 20-IMG_3020 19-IMG_3019 03-IMG_2994  Hey, mom – I found you! 01-IMG_2997

Let’s go THIS way – there is my mom!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara (familien1@comcast.net)

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayWikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev.

Governor Christine O. Gregoire’s Proclamation – COPD Month November 2011

Governor Christine O. Gregoire has proclaimed November 2011 COPD Month.

Thank you, Governor!

 

What low, no cost plans are in place for November’s COPD Month?

What plan of remembrance and activities does the medical community who serves COPD plan for patient/public awareness events during November 2011?

World COPD Day is Wednesday, 16 November 2011.

What medical groups have activities for COPD recognition, education and early detection Spirometry testing for the citizens of Kitsap County?

Harrison Medical Center’s partnership with the Better Breather’s Lung Support Group meets monthly in the Harrison Silverdale’s Rose Room.

Harrison Medical Center and Hazelwood YMCA in Silverdale have a superb lung/heart patient rehab agreement – what are they planning for November’s COPD Month 2011.

I am walking, triking or riding a scooter in recognition of World COPD Day 2011.  More later.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

Public Health Department Continues to Spurn Spirometry Testing

Following are a few comments – in part – I had written in response to an article in the Kitsap Sun. that will help explain the importance of early detection Spirometry testing.

You be the judge – are the following comments still valid today, as I believe they are? Sharon

Posted by familien1 on November 9, 2008 at 4:53 p.m. (……

The Washington State Department of Health lists the following diseases of interest to them.

Chronic Disease (Section Overview)
Coronary Heart Disease
Stroke
Asthma
Female Breast Cancer
Invasive Cervical Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Lung Cancer
Melanoma of the Skin
Diabetes

Note that COPD, the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., 5th leading killer in the world, is not on the list.

Cancer is of interest to the Department of Health KNOWING COPD KILLS more people per year than Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer combined –main cause – smoking.

Cancer caused by smoking is important to public health – COPD is not.

Asthma kills an estimated 5000 people a year in the United States…

www.pulmonologychannel.com/asthma/index.shtml

COPD claims about 120000 deaths a year in the US. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/553196

Why is Asthma important while COPD killing 115,000 more people a year is not important to the Washington State Department of Health?

Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US, right behind COPD.

Why does public health care more about Diabetes patients than COPD patients?

“…OMG, I swear if I hear one more word about COPD from Sharon O’Hara I am going to scream.”

…until you people start caring and 120,000 people a year stop dying of COPD from … callous indifference, I will continue talking about COPD.

http://uwnews.org/article.asp?article…

Washington State Department of Health
101 Israel Rd SE, PO Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504-7890

http://www.doh.wa.gov/HWS/CD2007.shtm

In 2005, the Washington Asthma Initiative adopted the Washington State Asthma Plan, 17 a
The Health of Washington State, 2007 updated: 12/07/2007
Washington State Department of Health

(Spirometry) Early detection of COPD might alter its course and progress. ¦ Avoiding tobacco smoke, home and workplace air pollutants, and respiratory infections are key to preventing the initial development of COPD.

Most primary doctors have failed to provide Spirometry testing for early detection of COPD…

COPDers, caregivers, friends and family – fight for your right to live! Fight for research! Fight for early detection and Spirometry testing!

Posted by familien1 on November 9, 2008 at 7:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

(A blogger made the following comment and I responded to it.)

“There is currently no effective way to make COPD go away once it occurs, unlike other diseases.”

NO disease could ‘go away’ without the research and studies to bring them under control.

Early detection (Spirometry) can slow down or stop the disease from progressing.
COPD is slow developing.

Oddly enough while the majority of COPDers were smokers, only about 20% smokers get COPD.

NO senior with or without disease would put their own life ahead of a child’s life. NONE. Would your own parents or grandparents?

Why it is okay …that older smoking caused Cancer patients deserve treatment and research while older COPD patients do not?

What are the odds that COPD is usually diagnosed later in life because doctors refuse to give patients a Spirometry test for early detection?

Latest studies show COPD is being diagnosed in younger people.

…Spirometry testing doesn’t matter to those older folks already diagnosed with COPD — they care about Spirometry testing because they don’t want their children and grandchildren – nor your children to get what they have.

Early detection could make the difference.

Environment plays a part in getting COPD – remember the firefighters at 9-11?

… Let the taxpayers pay for something worth lives…early detection Spirometry testing.

Sharon O’Hara
…LETTERS/Bremerton%20Sun%20Comments/HEALTH/Health%20District%20to%20Cut%20Staff,%20Programs%20%20%20Top%20Stories%20%20%20Kitsap%20Sun.htm