• Are you interested in lung volume reduction surgery along with a pulmonary rehabilitation program at no cost to you and with no hassle from your HMO? If so, act now, or forever hold your peace! The National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT), sponsored by Medicare, is in the home stretch. Further participants will be enrolled only through this Spring. March or April will be the cut off dates for acceptance so, if you are at all interested, now is the time to act. Check with your physician about your eligibility, as well as the name and phone number of the nearest participating medical center. Your doctor doesn't know the criteria or which center is nearest you? Not to worry! Just give us a call at (310) 539-8390 and we will research the pertinent information for you. Even if you are randomized to the pulmonary rehabilitation arm of the study, you come out a winner. So, if you are interested in this surgical procedure for COPD, don't delay!

  • In our last newsletter we gave you some of the precautions about flying since the tragedy of September 11th from the perspective of Craig Murga, Lincare Manager. Mary would like to add some personal advice based on her recent flight to the California Medal award ceremony at Lake Tahoe, CA, followed by another flight back to Connecticut. While all airlines and airports seem to be different, she does NOT encourage any one with any physical disabilities to fly at this time. She had enough excitement and mishaps for a one hour sitcom. While it is funny in the telling, it is not so funny if you are stuck in some of these situations, especially if not feeling too well.
  • Of special concern were the long lines, hours long. In one case, a woman who had been sitting on the sidelines got in front of her husband as he was approaching the gate. While she tried to tell people she was unable to stand that long herself, she got little sympathy from the annoyed and tired people in back of her. The Point? Immediately request a wheel chair, curbside. This is no time to test your endurance, or be macho! Try to get a seat assignment weeks early and request an aisle seat for easy access to the bathrooms on a long flight. The window seat is good for leaning against and taking a nap. Planes are flying at 100% capacity so it is difficult to change seats once on board. If possible, make sure you are not sitting in a seat that does not recline as happened to Mary on both flights.
  • Make sure you have nothing metal in your baggage. Mary's carry-on suitcase at Tahoe triggered all the alarms and alerted the National Guard with their rifles. Why? Because of her California Medal plaque! After the suitcase passed the explosives scan, the plaque passed another careful examination showing it also to be free of explosives. It was then duly admired by the young National Guard, much to Mary's amusement. (They are much cuter than some of those security personnel!)