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 think that ‘knowing limits’ is a struggle with anyone fighting a health issue and some of that comes from vanity because we just do not want to admit to the possible fact that we can not do some things we used to do.
There are many days where I know my wife may think I am being really grumpy or even down, but over time she is learning that instead of being grumpy or down maybe I am just really frustrated with discovering another moment of ‘finding a limit’ in something I was or wanted to do.
With my late ‘Stage III COPD’ I find so many things I want to do but am not able to that it gets very, very frustrating. Things like mowing or some days just working in the yard, playing catch or throwing a Frisbee with a grandkid or maybe just taking a long walk – all things which I am very limited to now and all which I miss tremendously (yes even mowing).
‘Knowing limits’ for me even extends beyond my health issues as I have learned with my new camera. While I love my camera dearly I am learning that because of its limited ability for super telescoping lenses that somethings I just can’t photograph the way I would like to – and that is very frustrating. But even at my age I can learn and learning I am to concentrate on those areas my camera is workable and it is those areas for which I can now comfortably through my passion for a good, quality photograph.
‘Knowing limits’ in my eating habits has been truly a very difficult thing as I have never been a big vegetable eater beyond the basics and fruits, well don’t get my family started on my pickiness there. But because of my health issues with COPD/Asthma and trying hard to decrease a slightly oversized figure I am learning to ‘know my limits’ on how much intake I have of many items I love like pasta, bread, dairy products and of course snack foods like cheese crackers and potato chips. I have learned to become extremely close with the family of Mrs. Dash and can proudly say no salt has been in my cooking for nearly three years and yet all still tastes good and well-seasoned.
Yes ‘knowing my limits’ is never easy, but I continue on a daily basis in figuring out what they are, as most of ‘knowing my limits’ and how I handle them will almost always have a help or hindrance to my COPD/Asthma.
Do you struggle with ‘knowing your limits’? Have you worked hard at remembering your limits so that they may or may not have a response on the level of your personal battle with COPD/Asthma for today?
And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
On a side note – my trip last week to Nebraska went very well, watch soon for a COPD/Asthma and Me response to all that went on.
*** 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.
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