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.
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