Yes I continue my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and for me part of my therapy of sorts is to put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.
That responsibility for my battle is to talk about my travels with ‘Lenny’ and share with others with the hope that maybe, just maybe, I will reach even one other person whom may read what I share and realize they are not alone.
While my buddy ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) may not be anywhere near as severe as many, it is bad enough that even though I am not on oxygen 24/7 yet I do find it very, very difficult to work or do anything much physical for more than about 15 minutes without having to stop and let my lungs catch up.
Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.
Where did it go? Just where did this past week run off too, I am looking back and I am not sure just what happened, let alone when, why or how.
I do know that having goals or a passion for something(s) can and will (in my opinion) help in a battle with COPD/Asthma or any health issue.
For me I have a couple of passions and they each keep me going in their own ways and do in part help my battle with my ornery sidekick ‘Lenny’, while at the same time those same passions can and do work against me – that is when I have to key in on the event and either prepare for what will be happening or prepare for the ramifications of the happening.
Example – last Monday I drove 2 ½ hours each way just to have barely 2 hours of watching my oldest grandson play in his junior varsity high school football game as my kids and grandkids are a major focus point of my journey. With no opportunity for anyone to go with me, it was just me and I am fully aware that anymore, even trips like that can stress my physical and mental nature to a point that I have to prepare for the day after in which I almost always (at least anymore) will have a full or partial day of struggling with ‘Lenny’ flaring up and reminding me of my weakened breathing apparatus.
Example 2 – Sunday evening we all know about the ‘Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse’ and since another passion I have is photography I insisted on going out to just beyond the edge of town, find a parking spot and spend two plus hours taking over 600 photo shots of the event itself.
Problem was I positioned myself on a rock gravel road and when traffic did go by they threw rocks and lots of dust. Even my middle grandson noticed and reminded ‘Papa’ that somebody should have brought a cover for his ‘breathing holes’, it is nice to have grandkids that watch out for you. Of course by the middle of yesterday I was feeling somewhat miserable for a few hours – but then again I put myself in that position and knew it was coming so I cleared my day to have just me time to let ‘Lenny’ squeeze my lungs for a short while before I was able to use some of those ‘pursed lips’ things to get ‘Lenny’ to let go and go back into hiding until another time.
See just two events combined with my writing and boom, here it is the beginning of another week and I am still floundering over what happened in the last seven days let alone properly plan out for a new seven day stretch. So as I looked in the mirror this morning I simply gave myself a toothy smile, a laugh and a hearty ‘oh what the hell it is just time and what importance is that’ speaking too.
So when you think you are starting to wonder ‘where did it go’ with your time and days – find your passions, set some goals and run for them as fast and devoted as you can because ‘where did it go’ is too important to those of us with time limits tapping us on the shoulder.
And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***
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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