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Jack's Story

man doing his gardening  Copyright 2003 - 2011 SheKnows LLCJack (67) called the Advice Line after being newly diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and started on inhalers.

He said he had been becoming increasingly short of breath and was feeling very anxious. He was keen to know how to help himself deal with his condition.

Jack admitted that he was a smoker and despite several attempts he was finding it very difficult to stop. He told the nurse that he was a keen gardener and was worried that he won't be able to continue to look after his garden now he has COPD.

How CHSS helped Jack

The Advice Line nurse explained to Jack what COPD is, discussed his inhalers and recommended that he make an appointment with his practice nurse to get his inhaler technique checked.

She discussed ways in which Jack could keep himself healthy, such as ensuring he has a balanced diet, taking regular exercise, cutting down on alcohol, and getting help to stop smoking. She signposted him to a smoking support helpline and local smoking cessation classes to help him to quit.

The nurse explained how important it is to prevent chest infections, advised Jack to get his flu jab early each winter, and told him about strategies to deal with breathlessness and anxiety.

She sent Jack some CHSS health information resources: 'Living with COPD', 'Stop smoking', 'Living with stress and anxiety', 'Healthy eating', 'Coping with tiredness', ' Breathing control during activity' and a CD of relaxation exercises,

Jack was referred to a CHSS chest support group and signposted to a gardening organisation which supports people who are living with long–term conditions (such as COPD) through therapeutic horticulture.

The Advice Line nurse encouraged Jack to call back if he had any questions or needed a listening ear any time in the future.

Contact the Advice Line Nurses

If you have any questions about chest, heart or stroke illness, need a listening ear or want to find out how CHSS can support you and your family, contact one of our Advice Line Nurses by:

  • Calling 0808 801 0899 (Free from landlines and most mobiles) or 0131 225 6963
  • Emailing

No question is too big or small!

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