In COPD Touch With 2014?

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cropped-health-breathe-002.jpg  Were you in touch in 2014?

By in touch I am asking if you were friendly, acquainted with your life, your COPD?

In my life, my travels within the year of 2014 has been many things and nearly every one of those things was affected by my own battle with my COPD.

I know my travels this past year were enlightening, challenging, frustrating, humbling, painful, fruitful and above all well worth every minute of it.

I know my travels in 2014 were full of lessons regarding my COPD and lessons of life itself and what it is doing with me.

Many areas of my life from this past year will, over a period of time, become writings and sharing of those many lessons for those around me and those within my circle of COPDers.

I will write and share because when we share and become willing to open ourselves up – we become more humble and much more accepting of where we are at with our own individual battles with COPD and life itself.

Sharing is also a way for which we learn – not only from others but more about ourselves, and the more you learn about yourself and the path you are on the better that travel will be.

So again I ask and look forward to reading responses either on this blog or within the pages it is shared the following:

  • > > Were you in touch with 2014?
  • > > What in your 2014 travels touched you and your COPD battles the most?

Reflections--HappyNewYear--003  That is all for now, and as I look forward to hearing and/or reading responses I do wish to all a very HAPPY, BLESSED & STEADY BREATHING NEW YEAR!!

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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Watch Your Motivation When Sharing!

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Reflections--Motivation--004  We at CrossDove Writer and Wheezing Away have asked this question before, but it has been a while so we will ask it once again…….

What is your motivation?  Is it the same each and every day or does it change depending on things like your mood, your emotions, your finances or whatever.

When you have an illness like COPD, it too will reflect on your motivation in nearly each and everything you do.

When you peck away at that keyboard in front of you, whether sharing with a friend or the public – is your motivation in the proper place?

I always find it disheartening when I see postings for which people are whining or dishing on others.  If you follow Facebook you can find daily rants about others especially when any discussion involves politics.

Now I do agree there are times and places to get “things off your shoulders” as we would call it, but even then what are your true motivations.

Are you just letting off steam, sharing an emotion, releasing a frustration or are you trying to attack a situation, a place or a person?

Even in my keyboard word adventures I will on occasion release some emotions, frustrations or aggravations; but I also try real hard not to single out places or people directly because that never ends well.

Yes, those of us with COPD at times feel the need to vent about the frustrations, hurts, loneliness and anger which we have to fight through at times as part of dealing with an endless run of breathing problems.

But do remember, the one fault of the socializing on the internet is that it hangs out there forever and is available to eventually be seen or read by more eyes than we can imagine.

So the lesson is – when hammering away at the keyboard be sure and know your motivation and intentions and make sure they will not be anything for which you will regret in a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year or a lifetime.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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Oh Honey Its Getting Cold Out There……………..

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Reflections--ColdWeather--002  Yep it is that time of the year, time for the weather to start that roller coaster ride so familiar with those of us living in the heart of the United States.

While Christmas day it almost made 50 degrees, this afternoon the temperature is dropping and dropping quickly and they say tomorrow will be maybe in the upper teen’s, with wind chills reaching below 0.

For me and my COPD it means but one thing – button down the hatches, make up some hot/tasty chili, grab a light sweater and stay put in the house until the weather uprights itself in a day or two.

Like most of us with COPD those drastic changes in temperature combined with some strong, steady wind causes us to become pretty much home bound for the sake of health, body and breathing.

Like most of us with COPD I have learned what does and does not work for my health, body and breathing.  I know that sometimes the worst part of being out in really cold, blustery weather is actually the entering/exiting from buildings.

For me going from breathing the cold outside to sucking in the warm inside can sometimes cause my lungs to get a bit spastic, so I absolutely have to remember when going from the car and cold outside to the warm inside a store, house, church or where ever – slow down, drop the pace down when entering so that my lungs can say ‘wow, now it’s warm/comfy air’ and will not get so spastic.

Do you understand and remember how your system/breathing reacts to changes in weather and/or calm or windy?

Do you remember what does and/or does not work for your basic survival of those days when weather, wind and moisture play with your lungs and breathing?

The sweet smell of the chili simmering is calling me now, so with my taste buds screaming and pulling me toward the kitchen I do ask as always to please remember – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Never forget that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, hugs, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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Guess It’s the COPD Price I will Pay……..

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Reflections--Frustration--002  This week I have shared about some most wonderful memory making family gatherings as most Christmas seasons should have.

Oh but today I do say I am paying a price for probably over doing it.  A price that was due when dealing with both COPD and a recent surgical procedure still in the recuperating stages.

First it’s that little incision which they made for my pacemaker.  Yes I know I was given the okay to drive and do a few more little things with a 10-15 pound weight restriction and watch the over the head arm raises – but maybe I might have driven a little too much and moved things around a little too often.

Today my incision did ooze just a little bit and seems to be a bit more-tender than just a few days ago.  Moving my left arm/shoulder much seems a little extra stiffer than just a few days ago which is frustrating.

So a little relaxation today, with the wife given me strict orders to stay out of the kitchen except to get something to eat – she must have noticed all the dishes I used, washed, dried and put away the past couple of days and understood how much upper movement it must have meant for that left shoulder/arm, and plead guilty I do.

As for my COPD, today I do seem short on breath more than normal, although my oxygen level continues to stay in the 91-93 range.

But the shortness of breath, combined with the sore incision and you have a very tired feeling old guy who, yes, should have known better – especially considering I just wrote about prioritizing, placing, pacing and propping the past week.

So today has been spent with little more than watching some solid collegiate football and basketball games while eating through the many leftovers in the refrigerator.

Oh and a couple of longer than wanted naps, which hopefully will not keep me too wide awake to get sleep tonight.

Well there it just goes to show, the reason I can write and share like I do, is because most of it I can closely relate to for having been there, doing that and did that.

So with that, my today is just about over and God willing tomorrow will bring another wonderful, blessed day of that continuing battle of life and health.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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Stretching My COPD Wings…….

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Reflections--SelfLove  Well we got the final Christmas set of kids and grandkids time done and it now starts to work its way into a shadowy memory.

Since Tuesday Christmas activities have given me the opportunity to stretch my COPD wings, which is what I call it when I get busy and/or try a schedule which may test my breathing limits.

Tuesday I spent a few hours with my daughter and her family.  It was very hard for Papa not to get on the floor with them and wrestle around a bit, but I got plenty of hugs.

Wednesday (Christmas Eve), I saw my doctor for post-surgery (the pacemaker thing) follow-up and was cleared to drive again, while told to watch that weight restriction yet for a while when thinking about lifting or moving something.

This was followed up with dinner with my daughter’s in-laws and then a most wonderful Christmas Eve church service, again placing myself in positions not near those with gaudy perfumes/colognes.

Christmas Day, headed an hour down the road for a special morning with my wife’s kids and grandson.  Got a little short on breath going up to a fifth floor apartment and being around those who choose to smoke – but watched that place, pace and prop, which got me through the wonderful time of family.

Let me insert something here – I for sure figured out one of the reasons the doctors kept me from driving for at least 7-10 days.  When you sit on the passenger side your seat belt goes from right shoulder down to waist – in the driver’s seat your seat belt goes from the left shoulder down to the waist which means it passes directly over my new pacemaker!!  Between the little pressure from the seat belt and then moving around some by driving itself, oh boy was I ready to give it a rest when we got back home.

Today we had another few hours of family Christmas time with my son and his family and it was just a fun time of sharing and caring.

But this evening, while my breathing is doing ok – I do know it is being affected by a diet which for a few days has been turned almost upside down.  Again it is one of those things which is workable because I paced myself and kept a measurable thought on just how much I ate and making sure I did not over extend the temporary lapse of proper diet.

One last thing, while the new pacemaker is not going to work miracles on my overall health – the idea of a regular heart rate is showing results when dealing with any time frame of recuperation from an episode of getting short on breath.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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A Merry COPD Christmas It Is!!

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Holidays--MerryChristmas--001  Yes it is a very Merry COPD Christmas at our house for several reasons.

First and foremost – MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND WISHES FOR A VERY BLESSED NEW YEAR to all from Mr. William, COPD Travels and CrossDove Writer!!  We feel blessed to have the opportunity to come in front of you and share not only our travels with our COPD battle, but to also share ideas, information, encouragement and blessings.

Secondly, my health at this point of time is hanging more on the positive side than the negative side.  With my new pacemaker now holding watch over my ticker for a little over a week now I am enjoying a very regular heart rate for the first time in several years.  My blood pressure is getting back down to a more livable level and the bottom of my feet are getting rid of their blue tint finally.

Thirdly I seem to have a little more energy now, and when I do hit a spot where the COPD puts my breathing into a little tizzy the more normal heart rate is helping my recuperating time shorter than the more recent past.

Fourth, despite a few setbacks in health at times my wife and I have had a good year.  Our plusses have been many like a new single-level home, new appliances and a new outlook for a positive life ahead.

The longer I have my COPD, the more I look to stay informed, get informed and pass on what I have been informed.

One aspect my pacemaker does present to me is that with a regular heart rate I can see my prognoses for a longer term of steady care with the COPD has been brightened.

Okay I am done chatting for today – but I am hoping that all you, that are like me and have COPD, will have a most memorable Christmas season.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS COPDers – Remember Your Do’s & Don’ts

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Holidays--MerryChristmas--005  Merry Christmas from COPD Travels, CrossDove Writer and Mr. William, may all your seasonal festivities bring precious memories and be full of the faith, hope, love, peace and grace found in the true reason for the season – the birth of ‘Emanuel’.

Finishing up our COPD Christmas Notes we would like to remind you all to please remember your do’s and don’ts that go with knowing the limits of you and your COPD or any chronic illness.

Remember to find your place at any get together by avoiding those triggers of your illness, triggers like steamy kitchen pots, stuffy/overly warm rooms and scented candles.  If you are dealing with later stages of COPD, then find the spots where the air is moving the best and do not be bashful about those with heavy colognes/perfumes and smoking odors – just kindly request they keep their conversation short and the distance  away.

For those of us who enjoy helping and participating in preparations of an event or family get together, be sure to remember to pace yourself and prop yourself.

Pace yourself so you do not hit those energy zapping moments because we know sometimes they seem to take so long to recuperate.

Prop yourself by sitting at a table or counter if wanting to cut vegetables, set up a deli platter, fold some napkins or even helping wrap some last moment gifts.

So today the three magic words should be place, pace and prop – remembering those three highly important words and what they represent, when properly put into your appearance at an event or family get together will decide just how well you function at that appearance.

Enjoy your Christmas event and get together as best you can by remembering the place, the pace and the prop that you need so not to pay a physical price for enjoying the memories of the seasonal celebrations.

As always – please remember if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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