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.

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