My husband has COPD. This makes his breathing laborious. And with these colder temperatures his breathing got worse after he went outside. The cold air causes the lung tissue to shrink and close down restricting the flow of air. Now he is wheezing all the time. This has us both concerned. Phil Everly from the Everly Brothers fame was my husband's age, 74; and he just died from complications of COPD. That certainly has given my husband cause to pause and look at his situation a little more seriously. Today we spent the afternoon at the hospital so he could get blood work and a chest X-Ray. The doctor prescribed steroids, in addition to inhalers and Advair to help with his condition. If they do not work, the next course of treatment is portable oxygen. I'm doing what I can to keep his spirits up, but this situation is depressing him, to be sure.