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World COPD Day,2011 and the Governor’s Proclamation meet in Bremerton’s City Council TODAY

Happy World COPD Day today – 16 November 2011!   (Local recognition activity follows….and Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent leads the way)  Sorry, I’m running a little late.

In addition – a new lung connection in the newly completed 20-year study found that COPD patients are five times more likely to develop lung cancer than normal lung folks are.  The warning is to offer Spirometry to detect COPD in the early stages to cut cancer and COPD deaths.  The investigative paper gave the shout-out in the prestigious European Respiratory Journal.

“It comes as an exclusive investigation by GP found a lack of PCT investment in the gold standard treatment for COPD is undermining patients’ quality of life and increasing practice workload.

Around one in 100 patients with the chronic disease developed cancer, compared with one in 500 without lung impairment.

Testing the lung function of former and active smokers would identify COPD earlier, thereby improving early detection of lung cancer and improving survival chances, it found.

Lead author Yasuo Sekine, of Tokyo Women’s Medical University, said: ‘The findings from our analysis suggest that early detection of COPD in addition to lung cancer screening for these patients could be an effective detection technique for lung cancer. However, further research is still needed to determine the selection criteria for COPD and lung cancer screening.’

Monica Fletcher, chairperson of the European Lung Foundation, said millions had COPD but it was often undetected.

‘People frequently ignore the symptoms of lung disease and leave it too late before going to the doctor, she said. ‘This research highlights the need for routine lung function tests, known as spirometry, to help improve quality of life and identify other conditions that could be present.’

Professor Klaus Rabe, president of the European Respiratory Society, said ‘On World COPD Day, we would also urge European governments to improve early detection of respiratory diseases, such as COPD.’

Meanwhile, patients’ respiratory associations across Europe said governments must work harder to reduce the £28 billion annual cost of COPD.

Proposals from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations to reduce this burden include listing COPD as a warning on tobacco products, improving access to spirometry and funding research on how to avoid exacerbations.



The Better Breather’s Respiratory Support Group meets today at Harrison Silverdale -in the Rose room from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm.  Pam O’Flynn will introduce Harrison’s new Respiratory Clinical Practice Educator, Martin Robin.  I know the meeting will be informative and lively no matter the topic and hope to see you there!


“We welcome any community member with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, sarcoidosis, asbestosis, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and the many more lung diseases affecting our population, pediatric or adult.”

Harrison Silverdale – 1800 NW Myhre Road – Silverdale, WA 98383

Pamela O’Flynn – 360-744-6685 – respiratorycare@harrisonmedical.org


Today – at 5:30 pm – Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent makes COPD, Kitsap County and Washington State history.  She is the first mayor in Washington State to present Governor Christine Gregoire’s Proclamation declaring November 2011 State COPD Month, to my knowledge.  Her generosity in recognizing the 3rd leading cause of death in the US is precious by recognizing today, 16 November 2011 as World COPD Day!

District 3, Manette’s hard working effective and beneficial city council member, Adam Brockus will present the Proclamation to Karma Foley of Seabeck who lost both parents to COPD.  Karma’s mom had the inherited type of COPD and with her oxygen tank, went out of her way to help me with several COPD/EFFORTS public meetings we put together a few years ago.

This COPD  historic event happens at 5:30 pm in the Norm Dicks Government Building city council chambers.  I will be taking pictures for y’all and trying not to let my eyes leak. Thank you!

I will ride a recumbent trike from Evergreen Park to the NDGB or walk it instead…very cold and wet out there.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

COPDers Rejoice! Harrison Medical Center Does It

World COPD Awareness Day, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 celebrates with a free public program for patients, caregivers and the most welcome interested public — the following press release from Harrison Medical Center’s own Darcy,  Communications Director cannot be repeated too much.  Please allow me to include it here also.

The celebration again brings the American Lung Association collaboration to our area to educate.  To celebrate a return of that old warm and fuzzy feeling I had for the American Lung Association of Washington I’ll include a few photos I took on that memorable day in 1995 of the Seattle chapter’s first and largest COPD public gathering in Washington state.  The memorable event brought a carload or more Kitsap County COPDers to the Seattle event.  I look forward to seeing them here on the 17th.


November 10, 2010
Better Breathers launches newly reorganized program Nov. 17
Harrison Medical Center has revamped and expanded its Better Breathers support
group to encompass community members and their caregivers who live with chronic
respiratory disease and lung disease. Better Breathers is designed to provide support,
education, networking, and tools to improve the daily lives of those living with these
health conditions.
The reorganized Better Breathers program, based on American Lung Association
guidelines, will launch its new format on Nov. 17—World COPD Day. The featured
speaker will be Benjamin Sy, MD, a local physician who specializes in internal medicine,
critical care, and pulmonary diseases.
Better Breathers
• Third Wednesday of every month beginning Nov. 17
• 1:30 to 3 pm
• Harrison Silverdale, Rose Room
• 1800 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale
• 360-744-6685
• respiratorycare@harrisonmedical.org

If anyone needs a ride to this event, call me.

More later…. Sharon O’Hara

Governor Chris Gregoire Proclaims 17 November 2010

Congratulations Washington State!

Our Governor Chris Gregoire has done it first – proclaims November 17, 2010 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Day – the first governor in our nation to recognize the need to bring awareness to a deadly and mostly preventable disease through a Gold Standard World COPD Day.

Washington State progressive leadership lives on- thank you, Governor! She dared to be first.

Thank you

More later… Sharon O’Hara

It is World Spirometry Day!

The COPD treat is worldwide…no border can be blocked against Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – it’s something the medical world and patients battle against together across all borders.

Oman is having their second National Seminar on COPD and is expected to educate 300 or more medical and nursing staff thanks to the joint effort of national experts from Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the Royal Hospital and the Armed Forces Hospital.  The article follows.

Today, Thursday, 14 October 2010, is World Spirometry Day.

Here is where I don’t like what I’m about to say so if you are a Kitsap County Medical person, please keep reading.

I KNOW the economy is bad.  I KNOW you have a full plate and the government controlled medical compensation picture is disastrous.  BUT!  When will the Kitsap County medical community get involved to educate the public and patients about the lungs?

You’ve got great support groups for cancer and heart disease and I admire Harrison Medical Center’s new cardiopulmonary unit…where do they mention the LUNG education?  They speak of veins and heart.  Well, without the unpopular and poorly funded LUNGS the blood can’t pump through the veins to reach the popular heart.

It is  too bad that Kitsap County medical folks couldn’t get together to offer free screening Spirometry testing for the public today.

The next opportunity is World COPD Day on Wednesday, 17 November 2010.  What will Harrison Medical Center and our area pulmonary physicians offer the public and patients on 17 November 2010?  I don’t know either but I would happily pay an entry fee for an educational seminar to find out.  Most of us would, in my opinion.

Ask your doctor about free screening for Spirometry testing and early detection COPD.


“Second National Seminar on COPD

Muscat, Oct 12 (ONA))- The Second National Seminar on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will kick off  at the Conference Hall in Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) after tomorrow (Thursday) under the auspices of Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Executive President of Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB).

The seminar, organized by the Oman Respiratory Society (ORS) in collaborating with SQU College of Medicine and Health Sciences coincides with the World Takes a Breath Day.

The seminar includes scientific lectures in the morning and two workshops in the afternoon. More than 300 medical and nursing staff from the different parts of the Sultanate are expected to take part.

The event is the product of joint efforts of national experts from Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the Royal Hospital and Armed Forces Hospital.

It is worth mentioning that the first seminar was held in 2005. The current seminar aims at advising participants of the latest developments related to COPD from the clinical and treatment aspects.



More later…. Sharon O’Hara

World COPD Day 2009 in Silverdale includes Pictures

The University of Washington’s, Pamela Weisman, ARNP, spoke on “Strategies to Manage Shortness of Breath”

De-conditioning, Weak Muscles Lead to Oxygen Inefficientcy
De-conditioning, Weak Muscles Lead to Oxygen Inefficiency
and Port Orchard’s, Carol Lowrie was intent on note taking..
...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet Act 2, Scene2
...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet Act 2, Scene2
Chuck Intent on Listening and Getting Ready to Ask a Question.
Chuck Intent on Listening and Getting Ready to Ask a Question.

A few tips from the Self-Management Study included:
“Walking Up Stairs or Uphill and SOB
* … plant your whole foot flat on each step.
* Start with a few good breaths in and out; start walking slowly WHILE BREATHING OUT THROUGH PURSED LIPS.
* Don’t hold your breath! Ascend 2-3 steps at a time (fewer if necessary) while breathing OUT.
* Rest while breathing in and out for a few breaths. Continue when comfortable.”

One of a COPDers most valuable asset is to learn properly how to Pursed Lip Breathe (PLB) until it is second nature whenever we begin to desaturate. The life you save may be your own. I’ve proved to myself time after time that PLB works, keeping me out of the hospital. Other medical conditions have taken me to the ER, NOT my shortness of breath… thanks entirely to proper training and use of my oximeter proving to myself that sinking numbers WILL come up to the safety range using PLB! PLB and focus took my low 70’s number up to the low 90’s and I kept it there until the plane landed at SeaTac. Only once during the flight from San Diego did I move and that was to nod and tell the stewardess, “I’m okay.”
Years before I was hospitalized with a blood/oxygen level of 84 so I’d say PLB works even in extreme situations.

How many COPDers in Kitsap County – anywhere – use a oximeter to help train in a technique that will help keep you out of the hospital due to SOB? Panic attacks are familiar to COPDers. Hey, its scary to overdo, run out of air, gasp and get more frightened as panic begins to rule and airways can’t keep up with the increasing need for oxygen …a vicious circle all driving your saturation point into Puget Sound with the bottom fish and a panicked 911 call. All that could be avoided with proper training in the use of the oximeter using PLB technique. It works for me.

I was lucky enough to qualify for the Shortness of Breath Study and can’t praise the people and program highly enough for what it did for me and what it will do for those who follow us.

What is it about?
-Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California San Francisco are
-Testing different ways to provide education, skills training, and support to help patients with COPD manage their SOB
(Funded by the National Institute of Health, 2005-2011; http://www.managesob.org)

Eric E. Anderson BS, RRT
Director Respiratory Care, EEG
Harrison Medical Center
Eric is the genie who put the 2009 World COPD Day Celebration together and did a fine job for the small, enthusiastic crowd.

Thank you, Eric...Good Job!
Thank you, Eric...Good Job!
Pam Considers an Evening COPD Event for the Future - Thank you, Pam!
Pam Considers an Evening COPD Event for the Future - Thank you, Pam!

The enthusiastic World COPD Day event was held in the Rose Room in Harrison – Silverdale….
Thanks for the event!
More later… Sharon O’Hara

World COPD Day Celebration 2009 is coming to Silverdale!


The University of Washington’s School of Nursing, Pam Wiseman is the speaker and will be in Silverdale, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 to speak in honor of World COPD Day.

Harrison Medical Center will honor COPD Day 2009 in the Rose Room at Harrison-Silverdale, Washington from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The Shortness of Breath subject will include discussion on strategies on what we can do to help ourselves lead a quality life with COPD.

Pursed lip breathing, exercising and all the questions you can think to ask are included. We will get answers to what we can do to best help ourselves lead the best quality of life possible and help us remain the Captain of our own lifeship. Knowing these strategies can and will make a difference in our lives.

Caregivers, family and friends are welcome.


For more information:
Pam Wiseman, Shortness of Breath Study (206)616-8993
Eric Anderson, Harrison Medical Center (360)744-6686

I am a COPDer and fan of the recumbent trike as a superb way for us to exercise; gain muscle for optimal ability to breathe….since muscle utilizes oxygen better than flab.

I will bring one of my trikes tomorrow if anyone is interested and please note that I do not sell recumbent trikes nor benefit from anyone else selling them.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
More later… Sharon O’Hara