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.
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