The Answers Were – The Question of Fear and ‘SoB’ (Short of Breath)

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Health--Humor--LifeBreathsTakenBreathsTakenAway We continue trying something new by posting a Friday question/survey (with no tie to any blog or facebook page) with idea of following-up a few days later with a sharing of the responses.  These questions will all revolve around having COPD, Asthma and/or any type of lung disease/illness with the hopes that we can understand many of us have our own battles and that many will be similar or even the same as the individual battles we each face everyday.

So here it is a few days later and I am here to share those responses.

The question proposed during this weekend was – “What event do you fear most of attending and having a bout of SoB (Short of Breath)?”  The following notes are what came of the posting and maybe you can relate to many or at least some of them.

  • > > 16 facebook pages showed that someone had at least seen and/or liked the question posted.
  • > > 12 of those facebook pages had folks leave a total of 68 responses, most with actual remarks about what exercises work for them while others were simply responses to other responses and/or questions on another response which means we did get some good dialogue among fellow sufferers of lung issues.
  • > > The 5 most mentioned answers were fears of having a bout SoB (Short of Breath) while being out alone, climbing stairs, shopping, walking and during times of high heat and humidity.
  • > > Other events mentioned included fishing, sporting events, entertainment events, a family get together, being at a barbershop or hair salon, taking care of grandkids and being in church.
  • > > Surprisingly only one person seemed to mention driving a vehicle.
  • > > We did have a few responses that stated ‘no longer in fear of ‘SoB’ as it is what it is.

As for myself, I do at times though not as much as I used to – have a fear of having a bout of ‘SoB’ (Short of Breath) when I am at church (normally affected by folks with strong perfume/cologne), shopping (just doing too much) and being with the grandkids (though several of them know exactly what to do).  When and if I need to drive somewhere I nearly never go further than a 90-minute drive without someone going with me and of course always, always have my cell phone with me.

There you have the responses of the weekly question/survey for all to share with, as sharing is how we all really grow in our walk/battle with our own lung/breathing issues.

Until we share ‘Your Answer Was’ next Tuesday, thanx.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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The Answers Were – A Question of Exercise

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Health--Humor--LifeBreathsTakenBreathsTakenAway  Trying something new I chose to start posting a Friday question/survey with idea of following-up a few days later with a sharing of the responses.  These questions will all revolve around having COPD, Asthma and/or any type of lung disease/illness with the hopes that we can understand many of us have our own battles and that many will be similar or even the same as the individual battles we each face everyday.

So I tried a question/survey posting on Friday (‘Your Answer Is – A COPD/Asthma Weekly Survey’) in which folks were asked to read the posting at my blog (wheezingaway.com) and then share their experience or solution to the question.  I had limited response in reading and more or less zero response in answers/comments both on the facebook page posting and the blog itself.

Frustrated with the limited response I went to 20 Facebook pages dealing with COPD, Asthma and/or lung issues and simply posted a single comment/question (“What is the best form of exercise you find that works for you without causing stress or problems with your COPD/Asthma?”) with hopes of getting a better response.

And a response I finally did get.

So here it is a few days later and I am here to share those responses.

The question proposed was – “What is the best form of exercise you find that works for you without causing stress or problems with your COPD/Asthma?”.  The following notes are what came of the posting and maybe you can relate to many or at least some of them.

  • > > 17 facebook pages showed that someone had at least seen and/or liked the question posted.
  • > > 13 of those facebook pages had folks leave a total of 110 responses, most with actual remarks about what exercises work for them while others were simply responses to other responses and/or questions on how or why an exercise may work for someone else (meaning some good dialogue among fellow sufferers of lung issues).
  • > > 13 type of exercising had 5 or fewer responses including light weightlifting, rowing machine, Wii Fit, Fitness Videos, Dancing, Singing, Chair exercises, house cleaning, Zumba, and Tai Chi.
  • > > 5 type of exercises were mention 6-20 times and those included exercise/stationary bike, swimming, rehab/exercise classes, Yoga and treadmills.
  • > > Walking was by far the most popular form of exercising used to help with the responders lung/breathing issues.

As for myself, I have a routine of taking a trip 5-6 days a week on my exercise/stationary bike for at least 20-35 minutes with each trip.  Depending on how I feel, some weeks I will only travel those short trips 4 times while always striving for 6 times a week.

Throughout my day, depending on what I am doing and/or how I am feeling – I also try every day to work at least 2 short cardio routines, occasionally with some light weights while also trying to get into a routine of a daily routine of Tai Chi.

There you have the responses of the first of what hopefully will be a weekly question/survey for all to share with, as sharing is how we all really grow in our walk/battle with our own lung/breathing issues.

Until we share ‘Your Answer Was’ next Tuesday, thanx.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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Your Answer Is – A COPD/Asthma Weekly Survey

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Health--COPD--TheTrickIsToKeepBreathing While being willing to share with others the path which I am traveling in my battle with COPD/Asthma I many times wonder how others are doing in their own battles with COPD and/or Asthma.

With the help of this social media stuff I want to begin a new weekly post which hopefully will and should bring more of us together in our battles with these two sometimes very uncooperative breathing diseases.

Those who have followed my writing through wheezingaway.com and the Facebook page ‘COPD Travels’ know that with the help of CrossDove Writer I like to cover various aspects of both COPD and/or Asthma and most of the time I have tried to end any writings with a question.  Normally the question had something to do with what I had written, sometimes it did not – but now we are changing things up, hopefully in a way to be more helpful for others with COPD and/or Asthma.

We are starting a posting we will call ‘Your Answer Is – A COPD/Asthma Weekly Survey’ which basically will be a question for readers and others with COPD and/or Asthma to respond too and those responses will be kept completely confidential.

This question/survey idea will be posted sometime Friday evening (like it is right now) and through the weekend we will track the answers and on the following Tuesday will present the answers (with no names ever attached) in a posting which we will call ‘Your Answer Was – A COPD/Asthma Response’.

So tonight for our initial ‘Your Answer Is’ the question will be:

What is the best form of exercise you find that works for you without causing stress or problems with your COPD/Asthma?

We look forward to the variety of answers we may get and do request that if possible consider leaving your response in the comment section of wheezingaway.com although we will include any answers left on a facebook posting.

Until we share ‘Your Answer Was’ on Tuesday, thanx.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Thinks A Good Week It Is

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Reflections--COPD Being willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma) is almost like therapy for me while also giving me the responsibility of taking my battle seriously.

With the help of social media I know I can also reach out to others who are also fighting similar battles and hopefully at time supply a little insight, little knowledge and maybe stir up some questions.

So today I share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.

The week has been good for the most part, just a couple of hiccup visits from SoB (Short of Breath) with each not lasting more than a couple of hours.

Exercise has been as steady as it has been in a long while as I have managed to get four ‘in the mind’ rides of 25-30 minutes each in this week – amazing thing is I can get that done on the stationary exercise bike but to walk more than four blocks gets me a knock on the lung doors from SoB.

Wednesday I managed to get in a 100 minute drive (each way) to see our oldest Grandson at a track meet, which gave me the luxury of some good walking time in short jaunts of a block here and there around the track and field facilities.

Thursday was the opportunity to stay local and catch another track meet where one of my step-granddaughters was a participant.  Again it gave me a chance to push myself as there was some steady walking following her around her events.

So I get to today, Friday – and as one of my good friends always calls it, Happy Dance Day.  This morning I stumbled around with some breakfast, then sat down to catch up on some news and what did I do – doze off for like two hours, guess my body was telling me something.

My weekend starts with a half day venture to see a step-daughter and grandson, always look forward to grandkid time.

So for today, ‘Lenny’ and I are happy to have had a basically good week with opportunities to have push my limit just enough to know when to stop and realizing how it does make you feel better physically and more importantly mentally.

With most of my postings this is where I finish with a question which I will continue to do most of the time, but towards the weekends I will pass as wheezingaway.com, the facebook page ‘COPD Travels’ and CrossDove Writer will be starting a weekly question/survey posting which will give readers a chance to answer and/or comment and then see on a follow-up posting the first of the week in which the answers to the question/survey will be discussed (never any names shared).

So watch for those postings coming later this evening.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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Must Know Words of COPD/Asthma – Today is ‘Irritants’

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Health--AsthmaAndCOPD While having to battle life threatening diseases like COPD and Asthma we always need to be prepared and that preparation includes many, many items of information to help our battles be successful.

Those of us with Wheezingaway.com, COPD Travels and CrossDove Writer continually and dutifully work toward helping raise awareness among others about these two diseases of COPD and Asthma because “without breath we are without life itself”.

Those with COPD and/or Asthma have the duty to learn and know the language of these dreadful lung diseases.

With that idea we discuss some of what we call ‘must know words’ of life with COPD/Asthma – and today we discuss ‘Irritants ’.

Irritants’ are those substances which can and will cause irritation to the airways of those with COPD/Asthma, as those of us with either of these diseases know.

When ‘Irritants’ begin to agitate the airways they will cause swelling and force an increase in mucous production, which in turn can cause responses like coughing, sneezing and wheezing.

While each individual will have their own list of ‘Irritants’ that may cause triggers of breathing problems, causes like smoke, smog, aerosol sprays, perfume/colognes and fumes from exhausts or cook fryers would be considered some of the worst.

In your own individual battles with COPD and/or Asthma be sure to know, learn and understand those ‘Irritants’ which will cause your battles to happen and then you can battle them from knowledge and not just the hope of that setting off those triggers caused by your personal list of ‘Irritants’.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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(Information gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung diseases)

‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Fear, Frustration & Loathing

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Reflections--COPD Being willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma) is almost like therapy for me while also giving me the responsibility of taking my battle seriously.

With the help of social media I know I can also reach out to others who are also fighting similar battles and hopefully at time supply a little insight, little knowledge and maybe stir up some questions.

So today I share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.

Fear – it is imbedded within my system and at times I feel it, maybe feel it and most of all am having trouble removing it.  The fear at the moment is crowds, crossing paths with folks that have gaudy perfumes/colognes and just too many folks with not enough space.

Some of that fear seems real as I ran some errands and had to deal with a local business person whose perfume/cologne was what I call gaudy and I could notice a small reaction in my breathing.  Sadly I have to deal with this place of business at least once or twice a month and lately I have notice my smell and breathing react to the extremely strong air fresheners they are using.

Frustration – a very common theme in my life these days as I get easily frustrated when that pesty SoB (Short of Breath) pesters ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma), which in turns causes a problem for me to get things done or go places.

The frustration at this point is that despite some adjustments in meds I am doing I seem to be having plenty of pesty visits from SoB and it is keeping me from doing some things.  Maybe it is from the weather, maybe it is from the major construction going on ½ block from home or maybe it’s just my COPD/Asthma getting a little worse – I just don’t know.

I had hoped to do like drive to my Dad’s and attend the spring football game tomorrow in Nebraska, but driving nearly 4 hours alone and then trying to get on a packed full bus, spend 3 hours with 72,000 other Husker fans and then traveling back to Dad’s on another packed full bus just seemed to be asking for a problem I did not want.  This makes year number three that I have missed the family football get together, very family frustrating.

Loathing – as the days go by I find my intensity in some of my dislikes for things going on around me, from my health to my political views, seems at times almost strong enough to get me in trouble with others and myself – maybe working on my beginnings of Tai Chi will help.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and I are at 4 today.

Most postings I try to finish with a question, today I ask this question – What are your fears, frustrations and loathings – presuming you have some?  I am saying thanx for your willingness to respond to my question of the posting, responses which I hope you will post at the posting website of wheezingaway.com.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – New Week, New Puffing..

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Reflections--COPD Being willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma) is almost like therapy for me while also giving me the responsibility of taking my battle seriously.

With the help of social media I know I can also reach out to others who are also fighting similar battles and hopefully at time supply a little insight, little knowledge and maybe stir up some questions.

Last I posted I was having an unhappy camper type of day with a visit from SoB (Short of Breath) and was not making things easy for my constant companion ‘Lenny’ (name for my COPD/Asthma).

I had just recently received my first shot of ‘Xolair’ and had just started my second week off of ‘Symbicort’ (because it messed with my voice) and I was very frustrated and concerned enough I called my physician.

My blood pressure and oxygen levels were all okay, but yes I was really struggling with breathing.

Now my physician calls my pulmonologist and between them put me on another inhaler type of medicine, this time its ‘Qvar’, one puff twice a day.  So that is where we are at puffing off my ‘Qvar’ morning and night, getting 15 minutes each morning on my nebulizer and right now at least 1-2 puffs of my ‘Xopenex’ added for a daily routine of breathing treatments.

Me, I still think it has a lot to do with the weather as it gets into the high 80’s a couple of times a week and a couple of others it barely makes it over 55.

Today the humidity is sitting at around 75% and I guarantee that has something to do with my challenges of chasing off that nasty visitor SoB (Short of Breath) and trying to keep my constant companion ‘Lenny’ (my name for my COPD/Asthma).

Hoping all had a great Easter weekend with quality, memorable family moments and a celebration of appreciation for the grace, hope, love and serenity which the true Easter celebration is all about – our friend Jesus Christ.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and Me are at 4 today.

Most postings I try to finish with a question, today I ask this question – What are the inhalers which you take to help keep your COPD and/or Asthma from destroying a day? I am saying thanx for your willingness to respond to my question of the posting, responses which I hope you will post at the posting website of wheezingaway.com.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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