Just because you have a chronic lung disease such as COPD and still work, doesn’t mean that your co-workers necessarily know that you have a chronic lung disease. So, what do you do when you experience COPD symptoms at work? Read on for tips!
1. Thank co-workers: If anyone may have helped you when your symptoms worsened, thank them for their support once you feel comfortable approaching them about it.
2. Reassure them: You may find that others look at you with concern after you’ve had a flare up. Help everyone get past the incident by acknowledging that you’re OK and today is a new day.
3. Be realistic: Chances are that word will spread about your COPD flare up at work. Realize that you can’t control what people will say and remember that it’s only temporary. Realize that some people will need time to understand the situation but keep in mind that nothing is your fault and you did nothing wrong.
4. Use the opportunity: It’s likely that co-workers will eventually approach you with questions about what happened. If you’re comfortable with it, you can take the opportunity to talk about your condition, the symptoms associated with it and what that means for your life.
- COPD Connect. Accessed 12/10/14.