Technology may empower you to become more independent in many areas of your life.
Online shopping options have become more widespread, convenient, and affordable. From groceries to furniture, you can order all kinds of things on Amazon or eBay with the click of a button and have them delivered right to your front door. You can also pay all your bills and manage your finances with online banking, book travel tickets using Expedia or Orbitz right from your couch, stream movies on Netflix, and listen to music on iTunes. It may take some time to learn how to use these services, but once you do, they can make your life more convenient and minimize your need to go outside too much.
You may be able to communicate with your doctor online (a “virtual visit”), track your progress using a symptom tracker or breathing journal and send it electronically to your health care provider, stay in contact with your health care provider regularly by e‑mail, and even attend some of your follow‑up appointments remotely if needed using technical applications (“apps”) like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.
You can learn valuable information about your condition and your treatment options online. Take the time to read free articles on reputable health Web sites like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. You can also find videos about how the lungs work and what causes different breathing conditions, and even take online classes in the topics that may interest you—right from the comfort of your home.
You can use free online services like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to talk to loved ones who live far away, stay in touch with your friends through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, share family pictures and videos on Instagram and YouTube, play online board games, and even make connections with others living with breathing difficulties through outlets like MyCOPDTeam.
From applying for jobs on LinkedIn to working from home, the Internet can limit or even eliminate the need for those long commutes and the physical effort it takes to be in an office all day. You can work from home, take conference calls, make presentations on Join.Me or WebEx, and even attend meetings by video using programs like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.
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