‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Know Your Meds…Breo Ellipta Time

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POSTER---SeeTheLightAndJoyinEveryDay--Oct2015 Changing things up here as I continue my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) as I know I need to get more serious about what’s ahead for me and that includes being more serious about my therapy for which 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.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

Recently I shared about a really bad bout with dyspnea for which I nearly took myself to the hospital, but instead got through it and made sure I got in to see my doctor who in turn gave me a four week supply of a new inhaling type of medicine called ‘Breo Ellipta’.

Another change in my meds, something which I detest and am not very cooperative sometime because change is not conducive to my personalty – yep I just do not like change!

But then I got to thinking – how much do I really know about the meds I am taking and is it my responsibility to know?

The answer is YES and that is YES without any doubt – to be responsible to ourselves and those around while we fight this nasty thing called COPD/Asthma is something we each MUST do, and knowing your meds is possible as important as anything within this battle.

I looked up ‘Brea Ellipta’ and this is what it said:

BREO ELLIPTA 100/25 is a prescription medicine used to treat COPD,including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. BREO ELLIPTA 100/25 is used long term as 1 inhalation 1 time each day to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing and to reduce the number of flare-ups (the worsening of your COPD symptoms for several days). BREO is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.” (from http://www.mybreo.com/)

Those who follow my travels here are aware of the fact that I not only have late Stage III COPD, but I am also a life-long asthmatic – so when my doctor changes my meds, especially involving the COPD side of things, I have learned to study up a bit even though the heavy medical language will leave my head spinning.

I read the material for this ‘Breo Ellipta’ stuff and look what I found headlining the possible health risks when taking it – “IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in BREO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

That got my attention and my wife was left speechless until I took the time to check my other meds and see if I could find any other reference to this beta2-adrenergic agonist like vilanterol, and thankfully I did not, well unless it is disguised under some other medical terminology or name for which I have no clue of.  Not having that stuff in other medicines gave us a sense of relief which made us breath better, literally.

The experience here reminded me of the importance of having faith in your physician and pulmonologist, they have the training and education to do what they do so put your faith in their ideas and directions.

If you lose faith in your doctors than it is time to look seriously at changing to one who will work with you and your battle with COPD/Asthma.

Most important is to take your responsibility seriously and that means even with faith in your doctors, you still need to follow up and educate yourself on what is going on in your battle – know your meds, know your program, know your way to walk the way.

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.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Good, Bad & Ugly

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Harvest Time -- Sandstoned --Sept2015 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.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

As I have posted here previously my life is in a midst of some changes as I have finally found a part-time job (although it could easily have full-time hours) which along with a major bump in the road involving ‘Lenny’ has my week riding the good, the bad and even some ugly of my COPD travels.

Let’s get the ugly out of the path first and that ugly came last Saturday morning as I was attempting to go from my car to a brunch honoring a couple of good friends being inducted into a local small college athletic hall of fame.

Well somewhere, somehow, something made my sidekick ‘Lenny’ decide it was time get rowdy and throw out possible the worst case of dyspnea I have battled in over two years and it happens when I am like 30-yards from my car.  I slowly, very slowly made my way back to my car, took a couple of hits from my rescue inhaler and starting cussing ‘Lenny’ – though I quickly realized that getting upset would only make things worse.

Did I panic – no.

Did I get mad – only for a moment (and not at ‘Lenny’ as much as knowing I would miss my friends).

Did I reach for help – yes, rescue inhalers can be awesome if you let them.

Did I reach out for help – almost though I did call and talk to my wonderful wife who helped keep me calm and reminded me to concentrate on breathing.

Did I go for help – no, but it did cross my mind.

Did I get scared – yes, possible for the first time in over two years I could honestly say my future felt in doubt and it scared the hell out of me.

Thankfully after somewhere between 10-15 minutes I was breathing well enough to drive myself home, where I crashed into my recliner and stayed for most of the rest of the daylight hours.

The ‘Bad’ was that same day as I did push myself to go to an alumni basketball game for the opportunity to see my friends – but I know I paid a price as my body crashed and burned leaving me feeling physically exhausted until Monday morning, it always amazes me how a bout of bad breathing can wear a body out so quickly.

The whole event reminded of them days as a kid when I would have a really bad asthma attack, get better but suffer exhaustion and sometimes a really bad headache afterwards.

Needless to say I did get in to see my physician and now I have been put on some new inhaler called ‘Breo Ellipta’ – if anybody knows about it I look forward to hearing.

The ‘Good’ of my week has been the new part-time writing job as it has given me a sense of real purpose plus a little extra income to help with expenses of living.  While the job is part-time and being a writer does not sound strenuous I do have to watch my getting out and about, but one plus with the job is I can do much of it from the comfort and health of my own home.

I do have to work this good into a schedule though as I have allowed it to nearly overtake my daily travels and that means allowing it to put my other writings, photography and art/craft works to the back burner – trust me when I say the schedule is being tweaked, dissected and rehashed to get back on track for my other projects.

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.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

(Image used cleared by written permission for use by CrossDove Photography)

‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Me Schedule is Changing

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Health--Breathe--002 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.

A schedule is what most of our life is spent running with, but when you are disabled and unable to work sometimes a schedule is tough to keep, especially if you’re like me and are easily distracted.

Sure I have a schedule, sort of, for a few things – for instance my mornings when I get up I spend 15-30 minutes (it depends on my morning lung power) on an exercise bike at least 5 times a week which is followed by an 8-10 minute round on my nebulizer, all of which are followed by some type of small breakfast (which normally will be a combination of orange juice/grape juice or smoothie with a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter and ½ a banana.  That’s pretty much what gets me through my first hour or so, then the fun begins.

I am not one that seems to be able to follow a schedule on my own, always fine when a business or employer set my schedule, but on my own I stumble after about a week.

But it has changed and changed for the better as finally after nearly three years for just a few hours a week helping out some food vendors I now have been put on the payroll with a required schedule of between 10-15 hours a week, with most of those at the beginning of the week.  Finally enough of an actual working schedule to not wear me out or mess with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ while giving my life a sudden and much needed sense of real purpose, that feeling of belonging to something while helping get something accomplished (of course some of that feeling of accomplishment will be getting a regular, though small paycheck).

This is why my postings on wheezingaway.com have been out of sight and almost out of mind as my new ‘job’ is with a newspaper and my writing was needed to get some articles caught up while getting a sense of a writing schedule for the paper and its Facebook/website pages goes along with it.

The real bright point here is – my working conditions should be very workable with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ and hopefully keep him mellowed out, plus it has given me a sudden sense of purpose to my writing which has already carried over to my couple of blogs and many writing ideas which are now finding their way (finally) from the hallways of my mind to scratching’s on a notepad to actual words on the computer.

So with the exception of a major reaction to an air freshener at a new local used book store (which shut me down for nearly 24 hours), my battle with COPD/Asthma is holding steady and ‘Lenny’ is hanging well for the most part of this change of pace – a change of pace and schedule which in the long run will help in many ways as we will see coming up over the upcoming fall and winter.

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.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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