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PLB - Pursed Lip Breathing
Here is an excellent post on PLB'ing that our Don Martin (who is now one of our Angels) sent me when I was first new. It is as good now as it was then.Take CareCarolyn Mi*********

Some of us that have emphysema can breathe air into our lungs without much difficulty...Getting the air our of our lungs is a much different story....We have to force ourselves to exhale for a much longer time than we use when we inhale.....This process is called "Pursed Lip Breathing".

The instructions that are generally given say that we should exhale to a count that is twice as long as the count used on the inhalation.....If you count to two when you inhale then you should exhale for a count of four......Just my opinion of course- but I say "BullHockey".........

I believe you should exhale for a minimum count of at least twice the count of the inhalation....but exhale longer than that...... exhale as long as it takes to empty your lungs of as much air as you can before you inhale again.....You can only exhale so much anyway and you will start to inhale automatically when that point is reached.....

You are trying to get the stale air out of your lungs and replace it with fresh oxygen enriched air so that your lungs can exchange the carbon dioxide in your blood for oxygen..... When you are short of breath or you are in the middle of an anxiety attack you have enough to worry about without trying to count exactly how long you inhaled and how long you exhaled......Just pucker up those lips and breathe in through the nose....then exhale through the puckered (pursed) lips until you are forced to inhale again.........If you can't inhale through your nose for some reason or the other then inhale through your mouth........

When you use "Pursed lip Breathing" you will benefit by increasing the oxygen saturation level in your blood....it should also decrease your heart rate......decrease your respiration rate....and get you back to a more normal breathing pattern quicker.....It can put you back in control of the situation and possibly cut down on the number of emergency trips to the hospital.......I know it has done that for me.....

Please check with your doctor to make sure that you can do this.

Breathe easy and for a long time
(C) Don Martin (at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri)