Reflections--Solitude--001  The one thing about having COPD is being very aware of how my body is feeling each and every day.  Knowing when and if something is beginning to get out of sync.

This also means having the ability to judge just what, where and when I can take myself and my COPD to social events –whether it be a family get together, a church social event or even a grandkid activity.

For instance yesterday one of my granddaughter’s had a singing event at a local church, but since my day had already had struggles with breathing and a racing heart I knew that as much as I wanted to go – it just was not in the cards.

Lucky for me that granddaughter understands, in fact she watches over me as much as my wife and daughter (her mother) do and was kind enough to come by after the show to share a video of her performance and to give the old guy some quality grandpa loving.

I hate missing out on things my grandkids do, but I also make it a point for them to know it usually is not by choice of heart but because of actions of health that keeps me from participating in their activities at times.

My cardiologist was kind enough to compliment me recently on ‘how well I seem to be in tune with what my body is telling me’ and I really do try a couple of times a day to thoroughly keep a check on that philosophy.

At least 2-3 times a day I take time to simply – take a several (6-10) solid deep breaths, totally relax, block out everything around me and just concentrate on what I hear, feel and even smell my body talking to me.

This is something I always do an hour or so before needing or wanting to attend any kind of social event – because if my body is not in the mood or feeling up to going, then my mind will not be happy going either.

How well do you know your body, your health?

How attune are you to what your body, your health is telling you?

Tune in to your body if you have not already and just see what it is telling you, it’s a conversation worth a lifetime.

And for now that is all I have to say – but I do ask that you 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.

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