No matter what kind of day I may be having when I made the commitment to be willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling COPD and Asthma I knew that this social media stuff comes with a responsibility which means staying on top of what you may have said or promised within that social media.
It’s a responsibility I want to take seriously because I understand the importance of making even just one person feel better or more knowledgeable about their own battle with COPD, Asthma or any life threatening disease.
Possible the most frustrating part of this trip with COPD/Asthma is not always knowing when waking up each morning whether I am going to have (as I call them) a ‘good breath’ day or a ‘bad breath’ day.
Every morning after fully waking up I spend at least 10-15 minutes sucking on my nebulizer, taking in those deep breaths of meds to help make sure any overnight congestion gets worked up and hopefully worked out. Once done with round 1 of my med routine I spend another 15-25 minutes on my exercise bike at least 4 times a week and even then depending on whether I will be out and about during the day where much of any walking will be involved.
Once we get past all that I start getting a good idea on the morning will be going, although even a good start does not always guarantee a whole good day ahead.
On the ‘good breath’ days I try to get as much done as possible without over doing it (which I am good at doing) and yet always find time to take the time to rest for a few moments when I feel my body/lungs telling me to “slow down or we may have a problem”.
Then there are those ‘bad breath’ days when my breathing continually feels tight and no matter how much I try to do anything I quickly get fatigued. And on those ‘bad breath’ days I work on what I can do and always make time for rest, even if it is not an actually nap – but at a minimum of some down time of just sitting with my feet up and relaxing with maybe a good book and/or catching up on missed entertainment.
One thing to remember for my attitude – no matter whether it is a ‘good breath’ day or a ‘bad breath’ day, I always try and do something enjoyable for myself every day.
As I get farther into this travel with my sometimes very uncomfortable partner of COPD/Asthma I have learned to pace myself more than anything – which simply means do not try to get everything done every day and always make the weekend a two-day as one when it comes to my commitments of such things as pecking the keyboard for my musings on wheezing.com, papabillseasykitchen.wordpress.com, reflectivewriter.wordpress.com and alphabeticallife.com.
Today has been an easier day, lots of relaxing while watching some quality college basketball and just letting my body enjoy a day of basic rest, of course with the temp outside being around 20* and snow falling off and all helps keep me inside and out of trouble.
Hope you are having a ‘good breath’ day.
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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