• Long Dreamed Vacation
  • Did you miss us last month? Your editor took a long dreamed of vacation to French Polynesia and was snorkeling in the crystalline waters instead of pounding the computer. Are Tahiti, Bora Bora and those other fabled islands the place for your perfect vacation? Proceed with caution and take a long look at what you will be getting into before deciding.
  • In French Polynesia there are two seasons; hot and humid, and very hot and humid. The best months are reputed to be from June until October. With less rain, the bug population decreases, and the trade winds gently blow. You would still want to make sure that you have an air-conditioned hotel room (with screens!) unless you are one of those rare people who enjoy the dog days of summer. Scenery is spectacular! The lagoons surrounding all the islands ensure calm water that is shallow many, many yards from the rocky shore. The sea is very warm but the sun even more so. Sunburn is a huge hazard, even with #45 sunscreen, but if you cover up carefully, you can enjoy the unbelievable display of vibrantly colored fish either from glass bottom boats or by snorkeling. There are also lots of reef sharks and Moray eels but with such a smorgasbord of tasty fish available they aren't too interested in the human species. Snorkeling can be as active as you wish to make it, and it is appropriate for many with pulmonary disease. Did you know that the air trapping in lungs that is a hallmark of COPD actually helps you to float?
  • Cruises are a wonderful way to sample these fabled islands in comfort, especially for those with physical limitations. Don't let your COPD stop you from enjoying life. There are lots of potential adventures out there and, as Dr. Tom Petty says, "You can't stop getting old by any acceptable method, so you might as well enjoy the ride!"
  • One "ride" coming up next March 21st 2004, is a 15-day cruise to the Hawaiian Islands with Jim Barnett, RRT of Mission Community Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. Jim is as experienced in directing successful cruises and trips for his group as he is in leading his outstanding pulmonary rehab program. Are you interested in joining this fun group of people? Call Jim at 1-949-365-2106 for further information.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.