COPD & Me 4 Today…..The Weather & Me

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Shirt--BreathinWheezinOneDayAtATime Today I again take the opportunity through social media and Wheezingaway.com to share my travels of life while battling COPD along with a few heart issues.

Sharing to me is important because it is how we learn from others and let others know that they are not alone with their own battle with COPD or other major health issues.

Weather, the ever changing weather – which in some parts of the country seems to change in a heartbeat.

While the northeastern part of our grand country was getting hammered by blizzard type conditions, here in the heart of the same grand country we roller coastered to three days in the low 70’s, in January.

But now today the temp as taken the plunge back to normal with the high (at the time I am writing this) 45* but a wind chill making it feel like 35* – nearly half of yesterday’s temperature.

So the question for so many with COPD – how does those major weather changes affect me?

As a little kid, growing up with severe asthma, my Mom used to refer to me as her ‘in house barometer’ due to how my breathing would start to change when the weather would begin to change.

For years I never totally understood that line, but as I got older and especially after being diagnosed with COPD it became much clearer to what she knew, felt and heard.

My last three days were awesome in that I got up to nearly an hour (over two rides) on my in-house exercise bike without any problem.  Wasn’t feeling two tired or having too many of those ‘clear the lung’ coughing moments.

But today – not even close.  Woke up feeling a slight bit of being SOB (short on breath) along with a touch of clogging in the sinuses.

I know that when the breathing has that touch of tightness feel to it, I best take it a little easier and just as I figured even needed a little early afternoon nap.

So my question to many of you is – does the weather affect you and your COPD?

If it does which type of weather bothers your breathing the most?

And in that same pattern – what type of weather seems to help your breathing more than others?

COPD is a breathing/lung disease which affects nearly everyone the same, yet entirely individually different at the same time.

So the weather is what I seem to be dealing with now, for today – tomorrow it could be the same or it could be something entirely different, that is the fun of a battle with COPD in that you sometimes never know from one day to the next just how you will feel, act and breath.

Feel free to share your thoughts and/or insights to my travels and questions because sharing is how we all learn.

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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Reality Is Different for You Than Me!!

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Reflections--Reasoning--002 “Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.”  (Elbert Hubbard)

Reality of life is very real for those of us battling COPD, asthma and other lung diseases and issues.

Reality (according to the bing.com dictionary) means – referring to ‘everything that actually does or could exist or happen in real life’.

I take this to also mean that means reality for you will be different from mine.

Everybody lives within the reality of their own travels and choices of life.

Granted our lives may intertwine (especially those of us who share a common battle with disease or illness), but even then the reality of the moment can differ, sometimes like night and day.

Some people have a reality of being busy all the time while others reality would include much time for leisure.

Some people see reality as living, working and surviving alongside earth itself and all that come with it – of course these people would most likely include who would be hunters, gardeners, etc.

Some people have a reality of just staying in survival mode due to illness, hardship or just plain a travel in life that went down a bumpy, bad road.

Some realities can be stretches of what really may have happened or is happening, while the realities for others can even be just imagined within the mind.

What would be your reality for today?

Do you understand how you got to that point or style of reality?

As for me, my reality is having a daily routine that includes securing a longer future while battling heart and lung issues.

This means that my reality of everything that actually does or could exist or happen in my life is geared in some way around my battle with COPD and some heart issues.

My reality is doing whatever is necessary, such as walking or using an exercise bike, each day to secure a longer term of living with lung and heart issues.

Those who battle a disease involving health know what their reality is all about and most can and do find a firm grip on their reality.

But with everyone having a different point of reference for their outlook of reality, what does become obvious is that we all need to work more at ‘walking in another’s shoes’ while testing their reality before challenging, criticizing or correcting another’s outlook of daily reality.

For today understand – your reality is yours and yours alone.

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

A personal reminder from ‘Wheezing Away’ – 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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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COPD & Me – – Family, Food & Fear

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Shirt--BreathinWheezinOneDayAtATime  First and foremost I must mention the humbleness I feel when checking facebook and seeing the very personal stories that many have been willing to share about their own personal battles with COPD.

But none have affected me as much as Kaylie Chapman of New Zealand who many have seen is sharing her major battle with health live in video narratives.

Kaylie’s battle also brings to reality the one fear I think most of us have regarding the darkest moments of any illness and in particular those affecting the lungs and breathing.  Those darkest moments for which we all will face at some point if we have not already.

Those darkest moments are the ones which remind myself as I am sure it does many others of that fear of how it will feel, how it will it try to change us and our personalities and how those darkest moments will affect our support group of family and friends.

Kudos to Kaylie for sharing and not holding back, which in turn is teaching and preparing many others for their own moments of darkest times – thanx Kaylie.

Now as for the travels of my last few days – cautiousness when out in any public environment due to the hefty amount of flu going around.

Disappointment in myself for not keeping just a little better grip on my love for food when celebrating a family get together and a granddaughter’s birthday at a yummy buffet.

And the smiles of my weekend came with time of sharing with seven of my ten grandkids.  Remembering the healthy benefits that grandkids can bring to a person facing health issues, especially with the heart filling love found in all those grandkid hugs.

Then to top it off I had a chance for some family sharing and reflection time with my younger sister and younger brother – something which is always treasured as we live several hours apart and work in such different circles.

So yes for this touch of ‘COPD & Me’ I find that my travels did, will and should continue to move along side, through and beyond the fears of my COPD battle as well as the continued fight to watch the diet while getting as much love as I may need for a long haul until the next big, family memory moments.

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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COPD & ME – – Medicare, Government & COPD – Ugh……..

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Shirt--BreathinWheezinOneDayAtATime  The time frame is getting tighter for me as my two year anniversary comes up for being officially listed as ‘fully disabled’ due to COPD.

My next few months may be full of anxiety if I allow it, but at the minimum it will be full of thinking and decisions.

Monday I visited with someone about my upcoming Medicare and the supplement programs that will be needed to go with it.

While I was pleased at how well it was all explained to me and the ability made to point me in the right direction, it is still on the borderline of overwhelming to a degree.

The humor of the week came the next day when I received by mail my initial Medicare Card, complete with more information (government stuff) about the program and its supplements.

As I wade through all this information and work on processing what is best for myself and my COPD, I also have the burden of anxiety about what is going on in our government.

If the right-wing end of Washington is serious about some of their proposals how it will affect me and my disability payments.  Can I afford the prospect of a 20% cut in my benefits – a question most of my readers can answer as well, a resounding NO.

I did not ask or purposely put myself in my position of being disabled.

I did not ask or purposely cause my lungs to begin to fail me, although we all can look back and find things we wish we could change with hindsight.

I did for many, many years pay into a Social Security and Disability through the FICA programs with idea that it would help take care of me when the time came that I needed it – so do not mess with it.

Anxiety and stress is not something that someone with COPD and/or heart problems (I have both) should bring into their daily living as it will hamper how they can control that which is already trying to control us every time we take a breath or feel our heart beat.

So today it is a touch of anxiety which is also why I took a longer nap yesterday and spent more time watching miscellaneous television today – guess I am trying to avoid some of that anxiousness as best I can.

What is causing you anxiety today?

Can you call on others to help you with that anxiety today and if you can – will you?

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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COPD and Me 4 Today

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Reflections--Progress--003  This social media stuff comes with a responsibility and that includes staying on top of what you may have said or promised within that social media.

So again today I have that chance to meet so many of those who battle COPD as I do and finding that even on my bad days I realize that the majority of the time, my current battle with COPD is still workable compared to many others and I give thanx for that.

But that same social media reminds me daily of what is yet to come and gives me the reminders of the things that I can and can’t do to keep that COPD battle on a level playing field.

As in previous postings I made a promise to share my story with the idea that others can feel and know they are not alone.

So today COPD and Me traveled the dips of what I call the COPD roller coaster.

The dip because I felt just plain tired out, exhausted and wanted nothing more than to take a very long late morning nap – for which I did with the hopes that it will not keep me awake later this evening.

That dip I am sure was caused by the fact that on Sunday I spent a chunk of my day following a grandson around at his first wrestling tournament and then shared in a small pizza party with him, his folks and two more grandkids.

That dip I am sure was caused by the fact that on Monday I felt so good that twice I got on the exercise bike for a minimum of 20 minutes, plus had a short walk with the wife, had a scheduled appointment about my upcoming Medicare transition and had another little pizza party with the better half of my life – my wife.

So should I have been surprised that today my system took a bit of a downturn, asking painfully for just a little more rest time – no.

So should I have been surprised that today my system brought on a few extra and earlier than normal S.O.B. (Short on Breath) episodes when I did try to talk a couple of walks today while wanting so bad to take advantage of the more pleasant weather – no.

Now I do understand that the life I have is just what it was today – a couple days of steps forward followed by at least one day of steps seemingly backward, it’s called my personal battle with COPD.

And that my friends is why I write, why I share – to let others know they are not alone and be willing to be open about my personal travel, my own COPD Travels.

Two questions and replies are always appreciated (it is how we learn and grow):

Do you also have those good quality days followed by those ‘oh I feel miserable’ day(s)?

How was your day yesterday, today and hopes for tomorrow?

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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COPD & Me – At Least 4 Today

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Reflections--Attitude--001  One of the great things about social media is I have the chance to meet so many more of those who battle COPD and finding that even on my bad days I realize for the most part my COPD at this point in time is workable compared to what is yet to come.

While I still fight the battle – I do know the one thing I need to be more consistent with is to take time each day to remember the thanx I have and to work on those oops which happen to frustrate me.

So today I praise the idea that I do not need oxygen 24/7/365.

Today I praise the idea that my new pacemaker helps the recuperating time from those nasty bouts of SOB (short on breath) is less than it used to be.

Today I praise the idea that I have a most wonderful wife who cares and worries so much, but keeps me level headed when I need it the most.

And an oops today would be for the colder weather that has kept me homebound a lot more than I would like which means now as the temperature goes up and I venture out it’s like almost starting over on how far and long I can walk.

Oops today is the frustration that happens no matter how I go about taking a shower.  Taking a shower just seems to zap my breath and knocks me down physically.  Maybe it’s the humidity of the shower itself, I just do not know but I do get very frustrated by how tired and SOB I get by the time I get out and get dressed.

Oops today is having pulmonologists who list me at late stage III COPD while reading at least a couple books that only list 3 stages for COPD.  By that standard I am in the early stage III – the final and more severe stage of COPD which sounds more life threatening that it is.

Wow, now I feel better, simply by doing something we should all do at least a few times each and every week – count our blessings and be thankful for our frustrations.

Have you counted your blessings and been thankful for your frustrations?

Try it and see how much better you will feel.

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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The NOTs of COPD, part 3 of 3

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Reflections--Acceptance--002  As one with COPD, I have accepted it as my life’s long-term not so co-operative friend.

As with many who have COPD one of our biggest challenges is understanding, remembering and sharing what COPD is and what it is not.

This is the final installment of a quick three part series where Wheezingaway.com and CrossDove Writer has tackled some of the major ‘COPD is Not’ features of this disease.

  • *** COPD will NOT be the style of lung damage that you may sustain when you are injured from an automobile accident or athletic event. Instead COPD is simply a progressive deterioration of your lungs over a period of time. This is the main reason it becomes a difficult disease to which we can adjust to – for it seems as soon as we adjust to many current abilities (or lack of ability), those same abilities change and we become less able to adjust. This is why the progression of the disease we call COPD is so important to understand, because by understanding it we will help prepare ourselves and those around us for the future and all the obstacles which we will eventually face.
  • *** COPD at this point of time is NOT reversible. While there is much research (though not near enough) going on, at this point we can only act as caretakers of our COPD with hopes of prolonging the time frame for which its progression will eventually happen. But someday, somewhere, someone will research enough to develop that which will hopefully turn the tide on the inevitable – until then we always have hope and faith that such a research game-breaker will happen.

As in the first two parts of our short series – many of the ‘COPD Nots’ we covered are just reminders to most of us, but they are important reminders to keep for those days when the unfriendly side of COPD may be wearing your day down.

The two most important pieces of information to take from this three part series would be the hope and faith that someday, somewhere, someone doing research will find what is needed to at the minimum start the reversing of our breathing disease as well as gain as much knowledge you can about COPD, your personal path and what’s available to prolong life as much as possible.

If you missed parts one and two, just check them out at wheezingaway.com.

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@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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