‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Testing New Ground

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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.

I have made a decision to test some new ground while possible testing my limits of stamina.

This is being done by a new road I have decided to travel and that is to take up photographer and my first week has been fun while just trying to learn the basics of my new digital camera.

Testing new ground comes from pushing myself with more time out and about with time in the park getting pics of nature and the animals that go with it while also testing some shots of buildings and people.

So far if I pace myself and don’t walk too fast and remember to avoid those items that may upset ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) such as people with strong perfumes/colognes, smokers, high humidity and stinky spots – then I have been just fine.

On Saturday I will pushing my day stamina by driving an hour going and coming from a ‘digital photography’ seminar being presented by an area photographer who travels the world.

We will see how I do and how I feel by the time I get back in town, hopefully good since it will be a strong test for me leading into my 3-day trek the following week with my oldest grandson.

Of course I will be sure and spend a little extra time on my nebulizer machine in the morning and have an extra bottle of water plus my emergency inhaler – I have confidence that all will go well, and trust me you all will know by Monday evening.

With that I once again tender to all to hold Kaycie Chapman down in New Zealand in your thoughts, prayers and blessings as she continues her courageous sharing of her battle with emphysema/asthma/COPD – and she continues to do it with the level of faith and hope for which we all should hope we will have when our battle and travels become much, much worse.  Prayers and Blessings Kaycie.

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

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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 – – Frustrated Gratitude

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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.

Frustrated Gratitude is the best way to describe my travels most recently as the constant rain has made for very humid mornings and humidity does not do well for ‘Lenny’ and I.

Frustrated for how quickly I can get a touch of SoB (Short of Breath) when just walking around the backyard checking on things or trying to even pick up patio chairs that blew over again from another heavy storm that came through, it’s just plain frustrating.

As frustrated as I may be I also take time to stop and reflect, reflect on the fact that while it is a pain battling SoB whenever I try and do something I am grateful that I am not worse off – at least not yet.

Grateful that I am not on oxygen 24/7 or even at all – at this point at least.

Grateful that I can still get around most days and almost appear to be having a normal day as a normal healthy person.

Grateful that I have a supportive group around me with my wife, kids and grandkids as well as a physician who is always at the ready if I have any questions, concerns or worries.

Grateful that I am strong enough to be willing to share my travels with COPD/Asthma with the hopes that I can touch even one person a day.

Grateful that I can keep touch with the many others who are much more worse off than I am and be supportive of them while knowing the personal stories they are telling are really mirrors of what my own road may be one day.

And with that I realize my gratefulness far outweigh my frustration if I remember to take a moment and reflect.

And with that I again tender to all to hold Kaycie Chapman down in New Zealand in your thoughts, prayers and blessings as she courageously shares who extreme struggles, faith and hope with us all on her personal facebook page as well as her facebook page – kaycies journey with emphysema/asthma.

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

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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 – – Pushing Buttons

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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.

  • – Button 1 is my exercise routine, I am finding myself struggling more throughout a day if I do not take a trip on my stationary bike first thing in the morning.  Taking that 20-30 ride seems to clear my mind and most importantly my lungs, at least on most mornings.  Sure I have days that my thoughts say no, no, no but I’ve learned to fight through that because my relationship with my morning trips on my stationary bike is too valuable regarding the rest of my day.
  • – Button 2 would be my initial travels with Medicare and my Plan F sidekick.  Now that I have done that doctor visit thing it is coming together as I can now afford to schedule my next round of ‘Xolair’ shots and cleared the path to get refills on my c-pap equipment.  Oh did I share that I scheduled my consultation to have my first and way overdue colonoscopy.
  • – Button 3 is my new toy, a Canon SX520 camera, which will hopefully give me that nudge to get out more often by looking for photographic opportunities.  Goal is to work it into my writing.
  • – Button 4 will be my continued work at building a solid, informative and constructive relationship with my inner body sidekick ‘Lenny’.  ‘Lenny’ and I have daily chats about what we can do better to avoid even those occasional hard, quick jabs from SoB (Short of Breath) that seem to mess up good days when it is most inconvenient.  ‘Lenny’ will hopefully allow me to push him to the limits without failing in our relationship of hope.

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

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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 – – Medicare, Humidity & Goals!

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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.

  • – This start of Medicare is something else as I found with a visit to my physician.  To get me rolling properly on Medicare he had pages of questions we had to go through plus set me up for a sonogram of my heart.  But now that the initial Medicare visit is over, maybe things will run smoothly.
  • – I do not like high humidity or should I say my COPD/Asthma does not like high humidity at all.  Last two mornings I woke up to humidity of 95-100% and even after spending my morning routine of 15 minutes on the nebulizer machine I still was breathing only half ass.  This in turn put a real damper on my day as I felt very fatigued throughout the day.
  • – Setting goals is always good and my newest goal is to spend more time and be more active on many of the COPD/Asthma related facebook groups I have joined.  Need to relate with more of those who battle the same battle I do on a daily basis and be willing to help or be helped.
  • – Though I do not leave an actual comment on the many I keep in prayers and blessings on a daily basis, please know I throw a bungalow size quilt of thoughts, prayers and blessings every day for all those who battle this battle.
  • – Along those thoughts I do want to express my constant concerns, prayers and blessings for Kaycie Chapman down yonder in New Zealand as she shares her strong battle with us with such strength.  May we all keep her in our daily prayers.

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

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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 – – This and That!!

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cropped-health-breathe-002.jpg 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.

  • – This is a restart as I have spent a couple of weeks of dealing with some strong emotional lows and then bounce back with some days of just being incredible busy with family, friends and causes.
  • – That darn jump starting of my medicare. Went to get new equipment for my c-pap machine and was told medicare will not cover any of it until I have a verified appointment with the doctor, so wait I do as doctors are not a place you can get in to see at the drop of a hat.
  • – This idea of exercise being a plus for the lungs, well maybe as long it entails being on an exercise bike. When on the stationary bike I can get a solid 20-30 minutes before an oxygen break is indeed a need, but to walk more than 3-4 blocks well not without a lengthy stop for that previously mentioned oxygen break.
  • – That darn weather as the older I get the more I seem to be more of a human barometer and trust me, when the weather is going to make a major change my body and lungs seem to know (wonder if that counts toward being a weather reporter?).

Again I do apologize for a lack of consistency in my postings the past several weeks, but as I stated it has been a period of some terrible strong lows followed by exhausting but exhilarating busyness.

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 – – Sticker Shock it Was!!

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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.

Sticker shock is the event in my battle I will discuss, that being the sticker shock of a new drug my doctor has me trying.

The drug is called Xolair and it is a mixture of something which is then given in two separate shots and I am supposed to be doing that routine every two weeks.

So I did go and get the first and then the second shot, but the third round – well let’s say I pulled the plug temporarily.

When my doctor scheduled for me to start this drug I had a discussion with somebody from the company supplying the mix and was given the impression that my outlay of money would not be over $100 – holy cow was that wrong.

The day I went to schedule my third shot I received my insurance statement and discovered that my first round of Xolair was nothing like I was lead to believe when it came to cost.

My physician said the shot would be around $4,000 – wrong it was nearly $5,300 and my cost was going to be nearly $1300!!  Once I got myself off the floor I knew that this was not going to happen, even after I met my full deductible (which apparently I had not) the shot was still going to cost me nearly $1,000 a pop.

So since I was due to start on Medicare as of May 1 I called the physician and said no more shot until I find out my cost after going on Medicare.

And this sticker shock is part of where I am at with ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) as of today.

Oh and I apologize as I did take a hiatus of 7-10 days from all my writing, just needed a break in there – a topic for another posting.

With most postings this is where I wind it down with a question – so today my question for you would be ‘how did you deal with the sticker shock of some meds which you are taking?’.

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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