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.
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