Seasonal Thoughts

Years ago, the late Jim Phillips was part of a group called the Wheezenpuffs, who wrote and performed songs and poems for people with COPD. During the holiday season, we like to look back and smile at his work, sent to us by Kathleen Sullivan of the ALA of San Diego, CA.

Thanksgiving

You’ve got COPD and everything seems murky, Nothing to be thankful for …

Be glad you ain’t a turkey! ’Cause medicines don’t help this guy,

He can’t be rehabbed either. There’s no way he can join us, And be a Better Breather.

image471Yes the things that go to help us folks,To him do n’t really matter.
’Cause Thank savings Day will find him al on a platter.

so give this noble bird a thought When you start to cough and wheeze,

’Cause you can still sit down at the table And say “Pass the turkey, please!”

Pursed Lip Breathingimage505

(Sung to the tune of “Deck the Halls”)

Breathe in gently through your no-ose.

Fa la la la la, La la la la Purse your lips and out it go-oes.

Fa la la la la, La la la la Belly out when you’re inhaling

Fa la la la la, La la la la Belly in when you’re exhaling

Fa la la la la, La la la la

Please remember that you exhale

Fa la la la la, La la la la

Twice as long as when you inhale

Fa la la la la, La la la la

Now you’re doing pursed lip breathing

Fa la la la la, La la la la

image510Using it keeps you from wheezing!
Fa la la la la, La la la la