• Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab
  • It has been years since we heard from Carolyn Dearen who made Mary's day by calling lately to say hello. She reminded Mary of how sick and physically limited she had been when she started rehab, and how much she had improved during the 6-week program. With justified pride, Carolyn said she had never forgotten the lessons of rehab. She is very faithful about daily exercise. Currently she is swimming 40-minute daily laps and walking in an indoor lap area since she lives in hot Sun City, AZ. Carolyn reports she rarely has an exacerbation (infection) except after a long plane flight. She generously attributes maintaining her health and exercise regime to what she learned in pulmonary rehab. How long ago was that? Twenty-two years ago! Who says improvements made in pulmonary rehab don't last? Not Carolyn!
  • Carolyn's testimony about the value of exercise and rehab is a personal confirmation of research presented at the recent CSPR (California Society of Pulmonary Rehabilitation) and ATS (American Thoracic Society) annual meetings in held in San Diego this May. We will have lots and lots of new information for you in the next Second Wind but briefly, a minimum of thirty minutes of daily exercise such as walking is one of the best things you can do to promote a better life and a longer one. Pulmonary rehabilitation is what is recommended as the best way to gradually accomplish this increase in exercise tolerance and also to decrease depression and acute exacerbations.
  • Breathing techniques learned in rehab make exercising easier. Pursed lip breathing combined with slow respirations, and breathing out longer than breathing in are what you should aim for. By slow we mean under 16 breaths a minute. Research shows that even 20 breaths a minute can cause a marked increase in air trapping, which causes increased shortness of breath and feelings of suffocation. We now have proof for what we have been telling you in rehab for many years. This is one time when you can't trust your instincts. When you feel the most short of breath may be the time you need to stop, and do your best to slow your respiratory rate! We'll give you more details on this and other important issues in the next Second Wind.

  • Pickle Recipe
  • This is the pickle recipe by Louise Nett that got Dr. Tom Petty in a pickle…… which you can read all about in his letter on the next page.
  • Sodium Free Pickles
    Soak pickles in cold water for an hour.
    Put pickles in clean quart jars (sliced or whole small ones).
    Heat 1-cup water and 1-cup vinegar in micro wave till hot.
    Add spices.....dill, cumin, bay leaf, Italian mixed spices, whole cloves, garlic, onions etc ( plus sugar or Splenda if you like them sweet).
    Pour over pickles......they will be ready to eat tomorrow.
  • As most of you know, Dr. Petty has had many very serious health problems the past few years. We get many concerned questions about how he is doing along with requests to let him know that people are thinking of him and praying for him. When we delivered that message he asked that we publish the following reply.
  • "I am moved to know that people care and pray for me. This keeps me going. Give them this message of love."
    -Tom Petty

  • 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.