Holidays--Christmas--006  Yep we are in the home stretch of Christmas week and most of us will have many things yet to do and places to go.

As CrossDove Writer shared a couple days back, prioritizing is important for those of us with chronic illnesses like COPD.

But beyond prioritizing the most important note for Christmas festivities that we should always remember is – plan ahead.

Planning ahead will give you time for preparation, time for recuperation while leaving time for celebration.

One aspect common among many chronic illnesses is the fact that trying to do something simple like taking a shower, getting dressed and for many even traveling in or driving the car can cause unrequested stress on our stamina and for many these simple things will make us tired or as with COPD, very short of breath.

This is where we need to plan ahead to give ourselves the time, help and pauses to reach our goal and make the event we so look forward to attending.

For myself, it seems taking a shower many times can really give my breathing a run for its money, and I do not take those hot showers like many do.

So for me when I have somewhere to be or want to go, I have learned – start earlier than I used, give myself the time I need to not only get ready – but to also have that time it may take to make a quick recuperation so the place and/or event I may be wanting to attend will see my arrival doing well and not gasping for breath and/or energy.

Yes it is just a fact that those with chronic illnesses such as COPD, the Christmas season comes with much needed extra care, responses and most of all planning ahead.

Do not let your illness diminish the sights, sounds and events of Christmas with unsightly flashes of fatigue by ‘planning ahead’ complete with time for preparation, time for recuperation and time for celebrations.

So enjoy your Christmas sights, sounds and events as best you can – but remember to ‘plan ahead’ so that you do not pay a physical price in doing so.

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.

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