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.
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