‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Hazing, Heat and Huffing

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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.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.

The good news is that most of the area harvesting is done so now maybe the dust will settle down.  Unfortunately the past couple of days have seen a haze to our sunny days and according to a couple of weather sources it may be caused by forest and grass fires in western Canada as they have produced so much smoke that it has lingered along the flow of things to actually cause some of the haze to our sunny days.

Now these same weather folks say it isn’t enough to bother people’s sinuses and/or breathing, but I figure they weren’t talking about those of us with lung and breathing issues already as I am convinced much of my bouts with ‘Lenny’ and his delivering extended periods of SoB (Short of Breath) have been by invitation of the smoke in the haze for which most folks do not even notice.

Oh, did I mention it is also getting hot again with more expected as the trusty thermometer is expected to crack the 100 mark each of the next few days, and that my friend is never good news for me.

So yesterday I got up, got some time running the roads in my mind on my stationary bike, grabbed a quick shower and got to church without any problem.  But after church the heat was upping it’s mark, the haze was settling in and by the time I got from church to the store and part way through the aisles I was huffing like I had just run a half marathon – that made me an unhappy camper which in turn probably didn’t help.

So yesterday I spent a good chunk of my day fighting ‘Lenny’ and his pal SoB while hoping for better things today.

Today was fine and I honestly thought the haze had traveled on, but when going to a grandkids softball game this evening I discovered my hopes were wrong and after just 2 innings a playing ball this grandpa headed for home to salvage the remainder of his evening.

With the thermometer planning to run some distance the next two days in the three-digit mode I figure that except for a trip to get my next ‘Xolair’ shot that my next 48 hours may be like being in short term lock up – guess I can catch up on some writing.

Last week I asked about the medicine ‘Spironolactone’ and only found a couple of responses – so this time around I will ask again “has anyone been put on Spironolactone’ and if so what were your results?”  Thanx and look forward to hearing how others have fared on this medicine.

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

Again I request 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.

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 – – Meds and Heat, Yippee!

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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.

Has anyone out there taken the meds ‘Spironolactone’?

My physician has put me on this while taking me off ‘Lisinopril’ because I seemed to be retaining fluids despite being on ‘Furosemide’.  Was told that the ‘Spironolactone’ helped with fluids while also working to relieve high blood pressure though not to the degree that my ‘Lisinopril’ did.

Seems okay except that when checking my own blood pressure (I try to do this at least 3 times a week) I have found my blood pressure is back up to where my blood pressure checking gadget lights up because my blood pressure is back up to the low high range.

So if anyone else has been on ‘Spironolactone’ I would appreciate a voice back about whether it did or didn’t help you.

Now I am sure most that are in a battle with COPD/Asthma struggle with hot, humid weather and I am no different.  Early hot weather plus the addition of rather gusty winds has kept me nearly home bound for the past several days and I do not like it – but it is what has to been done because if I try to pound the pavement too much on these windy days I will almost always bring on a visit from ‘Lenny’ and his trusty SoB (Short on Breath).

With the beginning of wheat harvest everywhere around my world and playground it makes it even more difficult as the dust from the harvest seems to blow on forever and like a bumble bee on a fresh new rose, seems to love my sinuses and lungs as a place to play.

But I do have things to do, errands to run and some photography time to take so somehow, some way I will find a way and get through it.

With the temps already hitting the century mark I just can’t wait for what it will be doing in late July and August – NOT…….

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

Again I request 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.

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 – – That Roller Coaster Dip!!

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Reflections--WorstThingToHappen 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.

As I continued to celebrate making it through a full day meeting one weekend, followed up the next weekend with a long 2-day trip to take my oldest Grandson to a football camp, I knew that eventually it might catch up with me and yep it did.

Not sure which is worse when it slaps you upside the body, the physical dip or the emotional dip – but when they both take a solid swing at you then look out.

The emotional dip hit first as I came to the realization that taking my grandson to a dream-come-true division I football camp did not seem to sit well with my already seemingly rocky relationship with my son.

Guess I was expecting too much to get a thank you from him for getting his oldest son to round one of his football dream.

Guess I was expecting too much to think my son would be interested in chatting with me and getting my perspective on how the trip went, nope instead he takes my grandson to his other family where they seem to act as if my grandson is over reaching himself (which at this point he is not) – forgetting that my son at the same age was playing on an all-star baseball team that reached the state finals while following his dream.

My emotional dip gave me a reminder that at times I am like a hermit within plain sight for the amount of time I spend with just me and not getting out more to mingle with others.  Can I change that, only time and me can tell.

That physical dip hit hard this morning as I awoke with heaviness in my lungs and caught myself taking very shallow breaths.

While I can say some of it may have come from some long days riding those emotional highs this week which always ends in a thud of some sort, I do believe more of the perking up of SoB (Short of Breath) by ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) this morning may have come from the continued line of rainy weather we have been having in which we wake up in the mornings with consistent 90-95% humidity – which for me is never a good sign.

But the bright light of the day is I am feeling better this evening having worked on my new venture of photography, relaxing with a good movie, drinking lots of water and just taking time every hour to concentrate for a few moments on just me and ‘Lenny’.

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 – – I Did It!!

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Football-Camp--Keller-June2015 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.

After much rejoicing of making it through a full seminar on photography, plus driving to and from – I felt I was ready for a real test and that would be a road trip, over-night at that.

This past Sunday morning I left on a 6 hour trip in which I would stop and pick up my oldest Grandson and then proceed on up to my Dad’s place.

Maybe the enthusiasm of spending quality time with my grandson helped, but I made the first leg of my road trip without much of any problem.

On Monday the real test came as I was taking my grandson to a 3-hour football camp with some top-caliber division I college coaches and prospects.

Let me explain that my grandson is not yet 15 and stands 6’1”, weighs in at 215 lbs. and thinks his ‘Gramps’ is awesome – so I had a lot at stake here in keeping my solid reputation with him.  Did we succeed yes.

The question is how did I hold up while spending the best of 4 hours in 85-90 degree heat and humidity sitting I would guess around 60% – I did way better than I thought I would, but then again that grandson made sure ‘Gramps’ took it slow, rested when needed and stayed hydrated.  I did all three and we got through the camp in darn good shape.

Then came a 4 hour trip home and even that, with a couple of quick stops to stretch the ol’ legs and slap the sleep out of me, went good.

Did I pay a price for it, of course – but not as much as I thought I would and that was because I was prepared, did what I had to do and kept my mind on a swivel watching/feeling/listening to how my body and ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) were holding up.

I made the road trip by being prepared, in other words I went the extra hassle of packing up my c-pap and nebulizer equipment to use while staying overnight at my Dads place and making sure I had all the proper meds I would need, including an extra inhaler as a precaution.

So just I have discussed in a recent ‘Wheezing Away’ posting – when traveling to what you need and must do to be prepared and keeping your travel as close to normalcy as you can – with me normalcy is using that c-pap at night to sleep and that nebulizer contraption in the morning to get ‘Lenny’ shaped and opened up for the day.

So the pic with todays tidbit of ‘Lenny and Me 4 Today’ is that of my grandson because as proud that I may be that I made the trip without any COPD/Asthma flare ups, this COPDer was even more proud of having quality time to share with my Grandson as he worked his dream of playing top level College Football with a solid performance at a top-notch football camp.

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

Again I request 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.

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 – – Return of Passion

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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.

A few days ago I posted that I was testing some new ground and putting my stamina on the line.

Of course I did my diligence and dosed up with a quality time on my nebulizer followed by plenty of water to stay hydrated and success was reached as I made it through the all-day seminar on photography, making the trip over and back without incident and even found time to make a couple of stops on the way home to work on that passion of photography I have found.

As for the following day, well my body felt exhausted for much of the morning – but my mind had a sense of life again as I proved I could push myself when needed to accomplish a task, of course the task was in an environmentally control room and my options of crossing paths with any COPD/Asthma triggers were slim.

While my body went through some recovery, my mind had this new sense of life with the idea of a camera in hand and ideas/opportunity everywhere I turned.

Yes I seemed to have gained a new sense for life, a reason to push through the battles with ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and to live each day at a new level of fulfillment.

So if you seem to be sputtering your days fighting your own battles of health – try to work past it and grab on to something (hobby, sport, music or whatever) that you find a passion for and run with it, run with that passion and let it lead you past the struggles and into the light of living.

I once again request 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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