Focused Exam: COPD Debbie O’Connor shadow health transcript

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Started: Mar 30, 2020 | Total Time:125 min
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Hello Debbie O’Connor, My name is Danielle Scott. I will be your provider today.

Greet
03/30/20 3:44 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Hello.
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Can you verify your Name and birthday?

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03/30/20 3:44 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I was born on October 5 . . . [Ms. O’Connor reports the correct birth year.]
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What brings you in today?

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03/30/20 3:44 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’m having so much trouble just trying to breathe. And I’ve had these terrible coughing fits. A few days ago, a bronchospasm. My health is going downhill fast . . . I know it has to do with my smoking habit. It’s so hard to kick. I was hoping I could get something to help me.
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I’m sorry to hear that you are experiencing anxiety over your current health conditions. Not being able to breathe is a scary condition. With the right therapy, and if you quit smoking, you’ll begin to feel better.

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03/30/20 3:47 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
That’s very kind.
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Are you experiencing any other symptoms?

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03/30/20 3:48 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I feel exhausted. I’m just so weak now, that even walking up the stairs feels exhausting. I had this awful coughing fit three days ago. But I’ve had trouble breathing for several months now. I’ve also been coughing up some nasty phlegm.
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When did you start coughing up the phlegm

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03/30/20 3:50 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I cough up sputum all the time. It’s been like this for a couple of weeks. It’s this dark gray — or sometimes yellow color.
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Any aggravating factors?

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03/30/20 3:51 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Honestly, smoking makes my breathing worse. I have these terrible coughing fits afterwards. Kind of a no-brainer, but I can’t help myself. I can’t handle the withdrawal, so I just try to hold out between cigarettes as long as I can.
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Is there anything that relieves the symptoms?

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03/30/20 3:52 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Nothing seems to make my symptoms feel better — not even my inhaler. I know for sure that smoking makes it worse. I try to hold off as long as I can between cigs. But still . . . I think if I quit I’d feel better.
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How bad is you breathing? (Clarified to How severe are your breathing problems?.)

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03/30/20 3:52 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Breathing is so hard, all the time. I guess I’d put it at a 6 out of 10. (Clarified to how severe my breathing problems are.)
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How does your health affect your social life?

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03/30/20 3:53 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
My breathing problems sure aren’t helping my social life any. I was never exactly a social butterfly, but now I’m not up to going out. Even normal things–shopping, picking up my meds.
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Do you have any other existing health conditions?

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03/30/20 3:54 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ve only got Group B COPD. The chronic bronchitis kind. [AUDIO COMING SOON]
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Any recent hospitalizations?

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03/30/20 3:55 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I haven’t been to the hospital in about two years. I had a bad breathing episode and they said I had COPD.
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What medications are you currently taking?

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03/30/20 3:57 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I have an inhaler that I use for my COPD — a formoterol inhaler.
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How often you do you use your inhaler?

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03/30/20 3:58 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I use it twice a day, morning and night. Every 12 hours.
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Whats the dosage of the inhaler?

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03/30/20 3:58 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I take 12 micrograms of formoterol.
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Do you take any supplements or vitamins?

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03/30/20 3:59 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I don’t take any vitamins or supplements or any of that stuff.
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Are you complaint with your medicine? (No matching questions found.)

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03/30/20 3:59 PM CDT

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Do you miss doses of medications? (Clarified to Do you miss doses of your medication?.)

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03/30/20 4:00 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
No, I never miss doses. I use my inhaler once in the morning and once at night. I find that easy enough to remember. (Clarified to if I miss doses of my medication.)
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Do you use a spirometer?

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03/30/20 4:00 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I have a spirometer, yes. Only use it sometimes. Got an FEV1 reading of 1.37 L the other day. That’s 49%.
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Do you have any allergies?

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03/30/20 4:01 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I don’t have any allergies, never had an allergic reaction . . . nothing like that.
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Do you use home oxygen?

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03/30/20 4:01 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I don’t use oxygen . . . it could probably help me. But I’d blow myself up, smoking near it.
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Oxygen therapy could help alleviate some of your symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue. Unfortunately, you cannot use oxygen therapy if you smoke. It’s too dangerous. Once you quit smoking, you can seek this treatment.

Educate
03/30/20 4:04 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
You certainly know your stuff.
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Have you had any vaccines?

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03/30/20 4:05 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ve had vaccines before, but . . . it’s been a long time.
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At your age, and with your health conditions, it’s vital that you get an annual flu shot, and that you receive a pneumococcal vaccine every ten years. These two infections could have terrible effects on your health because your respiratory system is already compromised.

Educate
03/30/20 4:08 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
That’s good to know.
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Do you live at home alone?

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03/30/20 4:11 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I live with my daughter, Ava. I moved in when my health started getting worse. She takes care of me.
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do you drink alcohol?

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03/30/20 4:11 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I don’t touch the stuff. My daddy was a drinker, and I saw what it did to him.
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Any substance abuse?

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03/30/20 4:12 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
No, that never appealed to me.
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how long have you been a smoker

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03/30/20 4:12 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I started smoking when I was 15. I’ve smoked for a long time. Had a little success quitting. I stopped for ten years when my daughter was born. But, I picked up the habit again. I’ve tried quitting since my husband died, but . . . it’s hard.
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I’m sorry that you lost your husband. That sounds like it must have been very difficult for you.

Empathize
03/30/20 4:15 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Thanks.
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how many cigarettes do you smoke per day

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03/30/20 4:15 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Typically I smoke between three and five cigarettes a day. It’s been that way for the last four months. Ever since I relapsed. Smoking makes my breathing worse, so . . . I try to hold off as long as I can between cigarettes.
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It’s vital that you quit smoking as soon as possible in order to get some relief from you COPD symptoms. Smoking is putting your life in danger and making your symptoms worse. I can point you towards community or national smoking cessation programs that can help support you while you are quiting

Educate
03/30/20 4:20 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ll be sure to keep that in mind.
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Do you exercise?

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03/30/20 4:20 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I can’t exercise. I can’t even move around the house without feeling fatigued and out of breath. Exerting myself in any way makes me feel worse.
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Tell me about your diet?

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03/30/20 4:21 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Well, I’m too weak to cook. I eat microwavable meals if I’m alone. Pasta, pizza, rice, all that. My daughter cooks nice food . . . quinoa, salads, salmon.
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When you COPD symptoms have been alleviated it is important that you try to eat well and get some light exercise. Not exercising can exacerbate your symptoms, and some exercise will help you breathe easier and build lung capacity

Educate
03/30/20 4:23 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Oh! That makes sense.
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Any family history of illness?

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03/30/20 4:24 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
My parents died from smoking their whole lives. It was a different time . . . my father had a heart attack at 42. My mother edged him out, but she eventually got pneumonia.
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Changes in your weight? (Clarified to Has your weight changed recently?.)

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03/30/20 4:24 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ve gained 30 pounds these past two years. (Clarified to if I have had weight changes recently.)
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Do you have any problems with your vision

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03/30/20 4:26 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’m nearsighted, but my glasses work fine.
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have you noticed any shin issues (No matching questions found.)

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03/30/20 4:26 PM CDT

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Any skin changes?

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03/30/20 4:27 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Skin’s been turning yellow around my mouth and fingers. From cigarettes, I’m sure. At least I haven’t turned blue.
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Any issues with your menses (No matching questions found.)

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03/30/20 4:28 PM CDT

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WHen was you last period

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03/30/20 4:28 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I haven’t had a period since I went through menopause.
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Do you work?

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03/30/20 4:28 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’m retired. Used to be an office manager.
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Hello, I have written some prescriptions

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03/30/20 5:02 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Sure thing, honey.
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For the tiotropium inhaler, take missed dose as soon as possible.

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03/30/20 5:03 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Ok. I understand.
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use the rescue inhaler for acute symptoms

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03/30/20 5:03 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ll be sure to do just that.
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do not swallow the capsules, they should be inhaled with the inhaler

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03/30/20 5:04 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I understand.
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Inhale the capsule twice to get the full dose

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03/30/20 5:04 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Alright.
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stop the medication and contact the doctor if you experience bronchospasm immediately after a treatment

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03/30/20 5:06 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Isn’t this inhaler supposed to keep that from happening?
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yes, youre right. thats why it is important to contact us

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03/30/20 5:06 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Alright. I think I understand.
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common side effects will be dry mouth

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03/30/20 5:07 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Alright.
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keep the capsules inside the packaging

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03/30/20 5:07 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Understood.
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be sure to use the medication as recommended

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03/30/20 5:08 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Okay.
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prep the inhaler before use

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03/30/20 5:08 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ll be sure to keep that in mind.
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seek help if you can not control your breathing

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03/30/20 5:09 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I sure hope that doesn’t happen.
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you might feel nervous

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03/30/20 5:09 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Thank you for letting me know. I’ll keep an eye out for that.
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for the varenicline take missed dose as soon as possible

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03/30/20 5:10 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ll be sure to do just that.
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begin smoking cessation counseling immediately

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03/30/20 5:11 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I won’t stop trying to quit, no matter what. I have to make it happen this time.
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it will cause dry mouth

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03/30/20 5:11 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I can try to deal with that if it happens.
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stop medication if you experience an allergic reaction

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03/30/20 5:12 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
I’ll keep an eye out for those side effects.
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contact provider if you have thoughts of hurting yourself or depression

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03/30/20 5:13 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
That’s awful scary. Are you sure I should be taking this medicine?
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Its rare, we just want to be safe

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03/30/20 5:13 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Alright. As long as you think it will work.
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anything else?

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03/30/20 5:13 PM CDT

Debbie O'Connor
Ok. See you later.
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