Reflections--COPD  Always appreciate the opportunity to share through, Facebook’s COPD Travels and CrossDove Writer my travels of life battling COPD and other health issues with the hopes that my sharing will help others learn and understand that they are not alone with their own battles.

Well on Wednesday I had updated blood work done for my physician which was followed by a 90 minute break before going back to discuss the results and my path as of now.

How I wanted so bad to run to Wendy’s or even McDonald’s for a couple of sausage, egg & cheese somethings – but nope behaved and went home had a single egg with extra tablespoon of egg whites on a single slice of oaknut toast with an eight ounce fruit/spinach smoothie.

Back to the doctor’s office and see just where I am at this current stretch of time.

My blood pressure was very good for me (126/70) with a consistent heartrate of 80 (thank you pacemaker).  Off to a good start for sure.

As my doctor walks in he is smiling and says ‘you seem to have a heart of a 10-year old’ which means part of your blood work will be run again as my ‘BNP’ was 6.1 (BNP is a test for possible heart failure).  Yippee, since my massive heart attack a little over two years ago and the addition of my pacemaker my old ticker is clicking along just fine – good, no let’s make that great news.

All my other blood test readings such as glucose, LDL and HDL cholesterol were all very much in the happy, happy range.  More good news.

Doctor was very pleased that I am working hard at trying to lose more weight by eating more vegetables and fruits while cutting back on the carbs and red meat.

And I know I pleased him with my routine of being on the crusty old exercise bike for somewhere between 30-60 minutes per day at least 5-6 days each week.

The only thing my wonderful doctor had to say and agree with me on was the fact that apparently outside of my lungs failing me, I was in pretty good shape.

Now if only I could do things beyond walking and exercising biking and not get so SOB (short on breath) in less than 15 minutes.

So today I am doing well (except for some phlegm build up due to the windy weather) except for them lungs of mine which are just holding their own enough to keep me off 24/7 oxygen and out of Stage IV level of my COPD.

So today I am very thankful and feeling blessed as I know many have it much worse than I do and many also are in my same boat with the frustration of having a good life to live if they don’t do anything for any length of time so that their oxygen levels stays above 90.

If only my lungs would follow the rest of me and improve – but we know they will not and so this is the path of life I have, to continue doing what I need to do to prolong that life while trying my best to keep the lung power from diminishing any faster than it will on it’s own.

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.

As always I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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