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.
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