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The COPD Lifestyle

A little over a year ago, my daughter drug my ass down to the local ER. I have been having what I thought was just a little problem breathing from years of smoking, plaster dust, drywall, solvents, taping dust, and other contaminants that I have been around over the years of remodeling.

Well it turns out that what I have is a as one ER doc put it, “a Crazy Sick case of COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it.

COPD develops slowly. Symptoms often worsen over time and can limit your ability to do routine activities. Severe COPD may prevent you from doing even basic activities like walking, cooking, or taking care of yourself.

Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older adults. The disease isn’t passed from person to person—you can’t catch it from someone else.

COPD has no cure yet, and doctors don’t know how to reverse the damage to the airways and lungs. However, treatments and lifestyle changes can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease.
Source National Institute of Health

Basic activities are about all I have left these days. Going for groceries for example requires many drugs, forethought and way more time than I ever thought you could spend in a store.

I have a cabinet full of drugs, to keep me breathing and my heart going.

This is the new me.
The cannula is connected to an Oxygen Concentrator.
This machine scrubs nitrogen out of the air and delivers it to me attached to a 50′ cord allowing me to walk around my house and do things. It is amazing how much better you can think and do things when you are actually getting enough oxygen in your system.

For treatments we have this machine the Nebulizer.

the “neb works with a mask to pump albuterol suspension into your lungs to get whats left of your lungs to accept oxygen. This I use every four hours.
I have other drugs that are once a day, twice a day, and the semi-familiar ‘rescue inhaler’. I also have a portable oxygen tank like the girl on Bates Motel, but I don’t go out long that much anymore.
More time for the web.

If ever there was a good excuse to quit smoking this ranks close to the top.

The Internet Explained and Endangered

There are a lot of ideas about what the internet is. This is probably the best explanation out here.

The internet thrives based on the flow of information. You want information to flow more broadly, rather than to hoard it. Historical economics is based on worlds of scarcity, and in worlds of scarcity it makes sense to hoard resources, as they are valuable by themselves. Yet, in worlds of abundance you want the opposite. You want abundant or infinite resources to flow freely because they do something special: they increase the value of everything else around them.

Mike Masnick Tech Dirt 03/05/2015

We can embrace the original peer to peer design of the internet, or sink into a quagmire of thought control promoted by companies whose goal is to own you.

The poster child for the new control is Facebook’s Internet.org. Doc Searls notes:

Internet.org calls itself “a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, non-profits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have Internet access.” But what it offers is not the Internet, but a sphinctered fraction of it: Facebook plus a few chosen others.

Doc Searls

Over at Wired is this article about the folks who are the recipients of this Zuckerberg largesse questioning and rejecting Internet.org.
Backlash Against Facebook’s Free Internet Service Grows

The Last thing we need is to welcome newcomers to the web through Facebook.