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Old 02-25-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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I don't know much about emphysema, but if you need to avoid airborn allergies the southeast is not a good place for you. Tree, grass, and mold allergies tend to be very bad here. The prediction is that it will get worse. If you need to avoid pollen, I would guess your best bet would be the beach areas of DelMarVa (Delaware, Md, and VA--with the least amount of pollen in Delaware).
Nor is very dry climates that have more duct and pollens blown around. I know my allergies really became a problem in nevada when I was in Vegas. Even my wife was bothered by the dust.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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Hi
I am new to this site and saw your comments.
Please, please help me if you can. My wife has stage 4 emphysema and is so worried as I .
We lived in Tucson for a while a few years back and of course I loved the desert and mountains.
My question is how severe is your emphysema and are you on oxygen and what advise could I get from you about living in arizona.
thanks
lsch
The post to which you have responded was written in October 2009 so the poster may not see your question. You'll have better luck getting an answer to your question if you write to him directly. Just click on his name and you will see a drop-down menu. Then click on "Send a direct message to Boompa."
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:05 AM
 
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Actually, I have been a respiratory therapist for twelve years so breathing treatments are my specialty, emphysema and asthma are patient load daily.
I have also lived in VA and NC, the piedmont area is actually referred to Greensboro, Winston Salem, and Raleigh area also known as the Triad.
NC does not necessarily get alot of rain or no more than anywhere else, but it can get quite cold in the winter where you see the highs in the 30's and 40's for days and weeks at a time and lows in the 20's and sometimes as low as the teens in the coldest months of late December Jan and Feb.
I am not going to sugar coat it if you are going to pack up and move you need to know all the facts, I had some of my highest patient loads when I lived in VA and NC, some of my lowest and best controlled patients were when I lived in Colorado but as you said you are looking for wast coast. Actually, believe it or not I would recommend South Carolina over NC South Carolina has a much more controlled temperature and remains steady at those temps for days and weeks at a time, obviously you dont have to worry about the cold there and the summer in some parts are not that bad, during the hottest times of the days you simply stay indoors till it gets cooler in the evenings.
I live in southeast GA which is only a couple of miles from the FL border so dont come this far south the humidity is horrible for a healthy person let alone someone with breathing issues.
I hope this helps, feel free to ask me any other questions and I will do my best to answer them.
I have also heard the state of Texas and the middle states such as Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, AZ and several all in a row on the map would be well suited.
Hi Traci, You are the only post I have found that says anything about Colorado. Colorado is the best choice I think, but unsure about the altitude factor. ?? Can you tell me more re this.? I have lived in Colorado very comfortably for 18 years, ( where were you in Colorado?) I have a ton of allergies to other places like the midwest, and the humidity makes it too hard to breathe as well as the cold weather. I just moved to Mn for family, Then was diagnosed with Emphysema. i am thinking because it is early, small at the top of BL lungs, Do you concur that it would be best to live somewhere now that would not make it progress faster? Like the zillion mold spores here that I am severely allergic to, may worsen this i'm thinking, please let me know what you think. East/West coastal areas are out, as there is not family there at all. But hawaii sounds like a good one from some research....But there again, no family....but then again Who would care if you were in hawaii...ha Thanks,jackie
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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From the research that I've done, he shouldn't be in any elevation higher than 3,000 feet.

So far, NC is the only place I've found on the East Coast that fits the bill where climate is concerned.

What bothers him the most is extreme cold and humidity. Hot and dry are great. Rain is okay, as long as it's not for weeks at a time.

I read somewhere that the Piedmont area of NC has a climate that does not get out of control at either end of the thermometer and/or the humidity. Only, I have no clue where that is!

VA is too wet for long periods of time. And the climate is not consistently steady.

We lived in Southern Cal. for 30 years. Yes, the climate is great there, but when it was time to retire, we just could no longer afford to live there! Plus, both our daughters attended college on the East Coast. But we're finding that PA is just not helping the emphysema at all. And I hate to see him locked in the house because he can't breathe well outside. He's not on oxygen and we'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Thanks for your response.
Try Colorado. Great climate. one cold week a year. other weeks are mid to low 50's , never humid and low pollutants. Can get quite hot, but not like AZ or NM. Staying in low areas with not as much population for low smog from vehicles. I have found Loveland ,Colorado to have lots of retirees, mountain air and a great cost of living. Super nice people. No one really talks much about colorado because they all think it snows all the time. not true (mountains yes)when it does snow it melts right away. Best Kept Secret !
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:46 AM
 
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For me and my respiratory challenges, cool humid damp (as in Oregon) is much, much better than humid warm. I live in a valley, where when it's warm and humid it's really tough. I wouldn't be able to tolerate the oppressive southern warm weather, as much as I'd love to get away from northern winters. I don't know how I'd do in hot-dry year-round, which aggravates another condition I have. I have learned that climate has a powerful effect on respiratory problems.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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This is an old thread , but , as I may have said before., look where , or places that people went back in the days ...for" The Cure". Sanatoriums were in places that would work today for breathing problems.
Examples , The UP of Michigan , Parts of Colorado , and the Mountains of NC. Stay away from hot and dry as well as hot and humid. Air that been filtered by large bodies of water are best., IE: Upper Michigan. I now live there and have never been better for respiratory discomforts..The winters are not bad if you live near the water, lots of snow, not all bad ether , much better than a dust bowl or any large city anywhere.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I can totally believe it about the Upper Peninsula. I live in Toronto, which although it has its share of bad air days in summer, is rated very highly for clean air internationally. But when we go northeast for parts of the summer, the air is so much cleaner it's unbelievable--my husband has fairly mild COPD, though his bronchitis can get bad at times. And it really improved at the cottage. So I can completely believe that northwest of us (where the peninsula is), would also be great.

Now it's fall again, and the cold would begin to start getting to him soon. Fortunately we are leaving for Florida in November. I know Florida is not known to be a good place because of pollen, but I'm h oping that the air in the winter will be pretty good (better than icy cold), and we will come home again before it gets hot and the pollen starts getting bad. We'll see how that goes.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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I can totally believe it about the Upper Peninsula. I live in Toronto, which although it has its share of bad air days in summer, is rated very highly for clean air internationally. But when we go northeast for parts of the summer, the air is so much cleaner it's unbelievable--my husband has fairly mild COPD, though his bronchitis can get bad at times. And it really improved at the cottage. So I can completely believe that northwest of us (where the peninsula is), would also be great.

Now it's fall again, and the cold would begin to start getting to him soon. Fortunately we are leaving for Florida in November. I know Florida is not known to be a good place because of pollen, but I'm h oping that the air in the winter will be pretty good (better than icy cold), and we will come home again before it gets hot and the pollen starts getting bad. We'll see how that goes.
It is so true here, we are surrounded by water on all sides, a great filter for all pollutants. yes the winter is a problem for a lot of folks. Not sure Florida is the winter answer however. I lived there for five years , and the mold was a huge problem along with the humidity..... If anyone knows of a winter place that fits the bill let us all know? I do not know where it would be in North America, in the wintertime if you can not stand some snow and cold. The mid south is not the answer , tried that also.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I don't know much about emphysema, but if you need to avoid airborn allergies the southeast is not a good place for you. Tree, grass, and mold allergies tend to be very bad here. The prediction is that it will get worse. If you need to avoid pollen, I would guess your best bet would be the beach areas of DelMarVa (Delaware, Md, and VA--with the least amount of pollen in Delaware).
This is correct info - I agree.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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I live in Central Oregon and have COPD. I am looking at either Puerto Vallarta Mexico or on the Oregon Coast. Any ideas where I can live with my COPD?
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