‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Seeing Them Triggers

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Health--COPD--I-Am-A-Warrior 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.

I will start with a report that my birthday on Tuesday last week went great with the wife and I making a visit to a nearby Olive Garden for lunch, then I did splurge with my eating by having pizza and birthday cake with my daughter, son-in-law and one of the grandkids.  Humbling was the word I use when I finished out the day trying to personally answer all 275+ birthday wishes I received on facebook added in with phone calls from my Dad, my brother, my two Aunts but only one of my grandkids.

Then I began to find out that this summer is nothing like any in my most recent past summers as I continue to have no clue day-to-day on what to expect from my un-cooperative sidekick ‘Lenny’ (name I have given to my COPD/Asthma lungs).

There have even been days where I may feel really good in the morning only to have ‘Lenny’ grasp a hold on things and make my afternoon and evening very uncomfortable.

This past weekend is a prime example as Saturday we (my wonderful wife and I) headed south an hour to spend a short time photographing a custom car showing and then planned to have a quick meal with one of the kids before heading home so the lady in charge could go to her evening job.

Trip down, photo time and meal time seemed to all go well as the weather had not warmed up to an unbearable level so I for one was feeling confident on having a great day – at least until ‘Lenny’ grabbed my breathing with a solid grip and worked at bringing the term uncomfortable to the lips of my day.

My battle with being uncomfortable carried deep into the night and when I awoke Sunday morning I realized I had transferred from uncomfortable to concern as I was very tight in my breathing and was feeling like I had gone back in time to those days as a kid and had run smack into the middle of a major asthma attack.

This continued on for most of the morning, even after taking an extra lap on my nebulizer machine and giving me thoughts of bothering my physician on a weekend.  But then poof shortly after noon ‘Lenny’ seemed to have decided he had enough of irritating my day and my breathing seemed to return to normal, or at least to what is normal for me.

What triggered this 20-hour entanglement with SoB (short of breath) and ‘Lenny’, I am not sure though I have been making mess of my mind trying to sort it out.  What this does do is presents a reminder that as hard as we try to avoid or train ourselves to control our triggers, that sometimes those triggers just get fired up and unload another adventures episode in our daily, sometimes hourly, battle with COPD/Asthma.

Am I still rambling through the brain to figure out the trigger of the weekend – NO, but I am monitoring my breathing and activities to see if it may be time for a visit with my physician or can I wait for my next visit in four weeks.  So monitoring I am as so far this summer has not been very pleasant several times and daily I do feel as if I am taking some steps back in time which is not a thought I really would relish having.

So today I continue to prod forward by staying pretty much indoors even though the temperature today will only be in the mid-80’s, the humidity is still resting in the low 60% area which makes things for me sometimes a chore to walk through.

Next time maybe I will rant about exercise, eating less but gaining weight.

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

*** I continue a request for all to hold Kaycie Chapman (from down New Zealand way) in your thoughts, prayers and blessings as she continues her courageous Facebook sharing of her continuing battle with late stages of 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 – – Yuck, its Sizzling Hot

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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.

This past Saturday I had an opportunity to go on a photographers tour of a nearby Wildlife Refuge which gave me and my new favorite buddy, a Canon SX520 Camera, a chance to get close and personal to an area of untouched prairie complete with about 250 head of buffalo.

It was so exhilarating and beyond that I managed to get some great pics taken while also striking up some new friendships with the common bond of photography.  Looking forward to building on my new hobby/business of photography while knowing sometimes my availability could be limited.

An example of that availability was the eventual evening fallout from being out in the open prairie air surrounded by buffalo, dust, pollen and who knows what else may have been in the air – that evening fallout was a bout of non-stop sinus problems and yes, ‘Lenny’, reared up his darker side for several hours.  And of course battling all that for many hours can wear on a person and so I spent Sunday just resting, didn’t even hardly get into any writing for the day – just plain took it easy, napped and rested.

Of course Sunday and today (Monday) the July weather has hit an unusually hot, sizzling period where we are having 100+ temps with a heat index adding up to 8 degrees beyond that, for instance at one point today the Weather Channel I believe said the temp was around 103 but the heat index was 112 – sizzle, sizzle.

This of course means for two days I have left the house, well zero times.  Stepped out the door three different times and each time by the time I hit a third or fourth step my sidekick ‘Lenny’ was physically asking me “what the hell are you thinking” and I would reverse progress and get back in where my lungs will work more normal or as normal as they can.

Another way of putting it – my dehumidifier is usually in need of being emptied every 2-3 days, but I have had to empty it 4 times in less than 48 hours – not a good sign at all.

Personally, anybody with COPD/Asthma that may live in an area with bouts of high humidity – I recommend a dehumidifier as a requirement for helping keep the lungs working as normal as possible, especially if you are one who is bothered or apt to get a bout with SoB (Short of Breath) in hot, humid weather.  My dehumidifier has been a breath saver many times over the years.

Well tomorrow I must get out no matter the weather as it is a special day for me (my birthday) and the better half I call my wife is taking me out for lunch and maybe a little shopping – I am ready.

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

I continue a 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 – – Remembering Its Summer

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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.

A week ago my wife realized that summer school she is helping with is half over, is the summer slipping by us – especially now that we are past the Fourth of July it’s time to enjoy what is left of the summer.

But for myself like many others, I have to enjoy the summer while watching the triggers which may get ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) fired up and working on putting a heavier burden on my day by taking away my ability to breath the way I should be breathing.

The past couple of days have been un-normally cool with the high’s only being in the 70’s, but with the humidity running at 40-60% I still had to be aware not to set of any triggers as high humidity seems to be one of them.

Another trigger I have to watch closely is the wind, while a slight breeze seems to be workable a steady breeze that keeps gusting up can be a problem for spending much of any outdoor time.  Around my area the breeze can be a little trigger or a major trigger depending on the area around me and how much dust, pollen, fumes and/or farming odors are coming downwind toward where I may be it or what I may be doing.

I did notice on the fourth that eventually I did detect a slight change in my breathing when ‘Lenny’ tapped my chest and reminded me when the neighborhood fireworks did get to a high smoke level – but I noticed, went back inside and gave ‘Lenny’ a big thank you/good bye with a couple of deep breathing exercises to keep my slight problem from becoming a major alert.

So with some writing and photography opportunities coming up, plus a birthday and church activities, I have been working extra on preparing my mind and body for getting out and enjoying the summer days while keeping my triggers holstered and silent.

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

I continue a 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 – – Make Your 4th Happy…..

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StaringDownTheGuardianOfThePrairie--July2015 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.

Many refer to the 4th of July has a big family holiday, but then again that would depend on the goings on of your family.

But even if your like my wife and I where all the kids are going different directions, with some off to different states, then maybe you just need to make your own happy 4th with your own memories for later on.

My last five days have been full of some changes, few setbacks and finishing off with time spent making memories.

To supplement my disability income I have been given a chance to use my love for writing by helping as a stringer (contract, part-time writer) for a new startup local weekly newspaper with my main concentration being the local sports and covering some of the school board meetings and activities (since the owner/editor of the new paper is on the local school board) – my personal excitement for the week and the future.

Covering a summer legion baseball game I found that when the weather is calm I can survive through a whole seven-inning outing before my sidekick ‘Lenny’ starts to tap me on the shoulder and say, maybe it’s time to head home for a rest.  No surprise as my pal ‘Lenny’ is could to let me know a 90-120 minute outing is for me a lucky adventure to finish.

Then came today, the 4th of July…….a chance to do something special with my wonderful wife (my soul-mate, sidekick, caretaker) and so I took the one-time Chicago gal out to a nearby Wildlife Refuge and we rode into the middle of a herd of buffalo (the original guardians of the great prairie), some close enough to pet though we knew better not to.

Again I could not have been blessed with a much better early July morning with the temps floating around the mid-seventies, for Kansas – no breeze and just enough fluffy clouds to keep the sun from getting it too toasty too fast.  These were all the ingredients to make the visit among the original ‘Guardians of the Prairies’ near perfect for myself and my sidekick ‘Lenny’ as I made it through without any episodes of SoB (short of breath) – exciting it was.  Of course maybe the excitement of the close interaction with the big bulls and the mommas guarding the babies helped.

But now as I jot down my current status for this ‘Lenny (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today’ I do know I am just worn out, feel like I ran a marathon.  This tells me I pushed my limits the past 24 hours with the ballgame and the buffalo visit, but it was worth it and I know with some rest today and tomorrow I will recuperate.

One more thing, I have even been grateful to not have a whole slew of firework frenzies in the neighborhood which has helped keep the noise and most importantly the smoke to a minimum this Fourth of July weekend.  And watching the local community firework celebration, well I can just walk out to the very end of my backyard, park my lawn chair and look west as the city performs their duty just 6 block away.

So I ask all to stay safe, breath well and enjoy your Fourth of July weekend.

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

I continue a 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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