The month of November has long come and gone which means it is no longer COPD Awareness Month and I am kicking myself for not taking, making or finding the time to talk and promote more about this disease.
Thanksgiving has come and gone as well and yes I did find, take and make time to be thankful for what I do have including family, a caring wife, grandkids and just the opportunity to still get up each morning to enjoy the grass, flowers, trees, blue sky, clouds, sunlight, the breeze and much more.
When you travel life with a sidekick like ‘Lenny’ (in case you don’t know that is my name I have given to my COPD/severe asthma) who at any time can flare up and remind you of the true depth of your incurable disease of COPD you treasure those days of good and learn to work through and past those days in which ‘Lenny’ flares up and makes your day a road of rough travels.
I enjoy sharing with you all where I am at and maybe how myself and ‘Lenny’ may or may not be doing with life and my own COPD/Asthma travels.
This season of ‘Thanksgiving’ was different as it offered to me opportunity, the opportunity to have some solid time with my second youngest grandkid as he came to stay with us for five full days.
The story behind the why of him being here has to do with his mother (our middle daughter) continues to fight a sometime losing battle with addictions and was spending time in a rehab place again – so while Colton is staying most of the time with my wife’s ex-husband (Colton’s grandpa) we offered to take him for a few days to give his other grandpa a break.
It was an experience of pure enjoyment and enlightenment as I for one had not in Colton’s 9 ½ years ever had the opportunity to watch him by myself, and I got that opportunity several times and the bonding was awesome.
Colton reminds us of what it means to be polite as he always is, example of coming into my computer room and having the following discussion:
“Papa Bill can I bother you with a question?”
“Sure Colton, anytime – what can I do for you?”
“Papa Bill can I read share with you some jokes?”
“Of course, fire away”
And he promptly pulled out three books and went through many pages and found like four or five jokes, all of which were kind of silly but he made me smile and laugh if anything just because of how he asked me.
Colton was even a delightful surprise when all his nine cousins showed up for about thirty minutes, or long enough for this Papa to get some grandkid pictures (first time all ten were in one spot at one time in over 3 ½ years) and he just struck up a chat with some of them and even got into a tickling match with his Uncle Tony – something which might not have happened even just a year ago and this Papa was thrilled.
Yes, it was a delight and despite being a little short of breath at times (most of which I can blame on probably eating too much and stuff I shouldn’t be eating) the time went by fast and before we knew it Colton had returned to Grandpa John’s and our home was once again empty except for the sound of just the two of us.
So as ‘Lenny’ for the most part behaved or was kept at bay for most of the Thanksgiving season making it possible for me to appreciate my Thanksgiving – bonding with the grandson I’ve seen so little, the short time with all 10 grandkids in one spot at one time, no black Friday turmoil and most of all time to be thankful for all I do have at this point in my life.
And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.
*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN *** An all-star in sharing her continued fight with her own COPD battle.
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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