FRIENDSHIPS/LOVE – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(February 25)

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What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some of my daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Friendship is a golden chain,

The links are friends so dear,

And like a rare and precious jewel

It’s treasured more each year.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends” (Proverbs 17:9 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day remember those who have touched your life by writing them a letter.  What better way to say thank you for being an important point of life in your walk of life than by showing some appreciation or greeting.  When you see those within your circle of life celebrating or being sick, send them a congratulations or get well note and put cheer in their day.  Nothing more humble than cheering up another in life’s walk.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

 

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Another Diet, What Fun?

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Food--Cooking--004 Yep it is time for me to look at my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and get serious about what’s ahead, look at what is now behind and stay serious about part of my therapy in which I put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

That responsibility in 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.

First of all I will share that after nearly 16 days of fighting whatever got into my lungs, for the first time in that time period I feel like normal today – or at least as normal as I can get with my health issues.  Now on to ‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today.

You will hear and see people discusses how some folks with COPD/Asthma may have problems keeping weight on while others will have the opposite and always seem to be fighting to get the weight down – which are you?

Since my massive heart attack 3 ½ years ago and then my diagnoses of late Stage III COPD three months later I continue to have a struggle with getting the weight off.

At first I was concerned about changing my eating habits, you know like adding a lot more vegetables and fruits to a diet that didn’t have anywhere near enough – but that actually proved to be an easy part (I even cut out all soda).  My problem is I just can’t seem to get that excess stuff off around my belly area.

Oh yes I have tried a few different diets and even have made my physician happy by simply putting in extra effort in watching my portion sizes – and yet it still wasn’t enough as I would lose 10 pounds and then turn around and in two days seemingly put it back on.

So the other day I ran across what is called the ‘3-Day Military Diet’ and looked it over and said I can do that, although I am finding the amount of water to drink is even close to being beyond my threshold of comfort.

As I work the routine I am surprised to find myself more satisfied than I thought I might be and I also realize that maybe throughout the whole week if I did a much better job at portioning (and I’m talking about measuring out everything I eat) that maybe this ‘3-Day Military Diet’ is just an example of proper portioning even though some may say extreme.

Now as I work this diet while also trying to keep myself on the routine of 15-30 minutes a day minimum on the stationary bike and 10-15 minutes of a mixture of planking, shadow boxing and Tai Chi that maybe this diet could almost be used in variance all week long – with some minor adjustments, like no crackers for four days of the week.  We are now in the official ‘let’s see what happens mode’.

So if any of you souls that actually read my ramblings have any ideas or suggestions when it comes to getting weight off – I am all ears and eyes.

And that my friends sums up where ‘Lenny’ and I are at for 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@2016, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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OBSERVE/APPRECIATE – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(February 22)

Reflections--Beauty--RockyMountains What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some of my daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

God’s miracles

Are all around

Within our sight

And touch and sound.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!”  (Psalms 66: 1-2, 5 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day and within each and every day we must take time to observe and appreciate the wonders of the world around us, from the dirt and grass to the clouds and endless blue sky, from the whistle of the wind to the gusty winds of change, from the little ant underneath our feet to the eagle flying glorious across the sky – take the time, take a slow deep breath while we see and feel the amazing miracles of this gift of earth.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

 

WISDOM/KINDNESS – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(February 20)

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What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some of my daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

May we try to do better

And accomplish much more,

And be kinder and wiser

Than in the day gone before.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  (Proverbs 9:10)

THE HOPE – on this day may we look toward establishing a much deeper understanding of those situations which are confronting us and then work quickly to temper all our responses with the language of wisdom and the shadows of kindness.

 

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

 

‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Oh No an Exacerbation!!

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Health--AsthmaAndCOPD 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.

With COPD/Asthma at the level many of us have we must always be aware of our prospects of having an exacerbation, and did I get one bad bout.

Normally when ‘Lenny’ decides to throw me a reminder that my COPD/Asthma is alive and well, it is a bout with SOB (Short of Breath) and with some deep breathing, relaxation exercises I can normally work out of it in a short period of time.

But about ten days ago I started feeling like something was coming on and I got hit hard with some kind of lung thing.  Calling the doctor on Thursday last week, because I did not have a fever and was not really coughing anything up yet they told me to rest and drink lots of liquids (which I do both of very well daily).

Well by the time I hit the weekend I was miserable, couldn’t walk through the house without running out of energy and the worst – I was getting those major coughing attacks where ‘Lenny’ just would not let go of that phlegm stuff without making me feel like I had just been tackled by the whole defense of the Denver Broncos.

Needless to say by the time Monday morning rolled around I was one miserable feeling fellow and was so glad to know I could get in to at least see someone.  My oxygen levels would drop below 90 with just about anything I would do and you combine that with those exacerbation coughs I was, well you may have been there so you know just how miserable I was.

Doctor gave me a ten day run of the antibiotic ‘augmentin’ as well as a five day run of 20 mg. of prednisone.  It took a couple of days, but today I finally was able to get back on the exercise bike for a couple of 15-minute pedals and boy did that feel good.

One truth to know is that I have been blessed to have such a supportive wife as she was always willing to give me some lengthy back and/or chest massages which help a lot in loosening up some of the mess in my lungs.

So for now I am back on the road to normal (as normal as my lungs will get) and that for my household is a sense of major relief.

But the one lesson out of this last 10 days has been – never let the guard down on ‘Lenny’ and always be aware of what is needed to get a quick hold of any bout of exacerbations.

So that pretty much sums up where I have been, why I have been somewhat silent, again!

And that my friends says 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@2016, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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ATTITUDE/ACCEPTANCE – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(February 18)

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What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some of my daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

The nature of our attitude

Toward circumstantial things

Determines our acceptance

Of problems that life brings.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.  (Psalms 131:2)

THE HOPE – on this day may we look toward spiritual guidance to help us minimize any problems we may be having in hope and faith that we will not instead exaggerate them.

(Copyright@2016 – CrossDove Writer)