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.

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