Yep this is another insertion of my COPD Travels as I share a briefing of just where Lenny (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and I may be for today.
I write these as part of my therapy for dealing with my own battle with COPD and Asthma, the lung diseases that have put me into the category of being disabled and unable to hold most jobs because of my inability to do anything real physical for more than maybe 10 minutes before having to stop and rest because of breathing difficulties and/or a major drop in oxygen levels.
I write because maybe, just maybe whatever I bang out of the keyboard will hopefully hit a chord with someone, somewhere – that is my responsibility, to talk about and share my travels with COPD/Asthma so that even one or two others may read what I share and realize they are not alone.
So 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.
When you read my lead I am going to guess that many will come to a conclusion that maybe my COPD/Ashtma hampered my enjoyment of a family celebration.
But when I look back at last weekend’s family celebration of my youngest niece’s wedding, I realize that the word ‘Breathless’ can easily be used in a dual role about the weekend as yes at moments I, physically, would get breathless and yet overall the weekend, emotionally, left me breathless. Same word, but two different sense of definition.
In the first sense, yes I did battle with a few bouts of SoB (Short-of-Breath) when I would be loading or unloading the car at home or the motel.
Yes, I did battle with a few bouts of SoB when walking the length of the motel to get to the front lobby for family time and those delightful, yet not exactly healthy motel breakfast that served up biscuits and gravy along with some tasty scrambled eggs, mouth watering sausage patties and ice cold chocolate milk.
Yes, the weekend was full of high heat and high humidity which for those of us with COPD/Asthma can be a really bad combination. Luckily the Chapel where the wedding was held was well air conditioned, the ballroom where the reception was held was well air conditioned – though once you get 250-plus people gathered within the ballroom the breathing atmosphere did change.
So while I did have a few moments of brief concern, I survived and I did so because I have well learned my limits (like taking a short break before bringing everything in from or out to the car) and work within those limits.
As for the other type of breathless, well let’s just say that little red-haired niece looked like a model of womanhood when she entered the Chapel with my brother – her father. Looking like princesses ready for the ball, it literally took my breath away as I wondered just where the heck the years have gone from her cute, feisty, energetic dancing days as a grade schooler to the leader of the band at both high school and college to what I was seeing in that moment, her looking so very grown up in that angelic white wedding dress. Breathless as I had the opportunity to dance that single, partial dance with the lady of the night – my youngest niece, who always had time for the old guy – Uncle Bill.
Basically the whole weekend kept me breathless either because of the heat and humidity causing Lenny to remind me they were still part of the celebration or breathless over how well and extravagant my brother and sister-in-law put together the weekend celebration.
So remember sometimes a little bit of breathlessness is okay and can or should be well monitored and well controlled.
And that my friends says where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
*** PLEASE CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***
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 – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)
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.
So glad you were able to have fun, and were breathless in good ways versus bad ones.
Do you practice “pursed lip” breathing while taking things in and out of the car, or trying to move while keeping up with other people?
If not, give it a try. It’s made a world of difference to my mindfulness to ensure that I don’t hold my breath when trying to get something done, and remain “breath-drated” (if there is such a version of air hydration, LOL).
Yes I use pursed breathing when carry stuff…..appreciate you following my writes……hope you continue to follow me at https://wheezingaway.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/crossdovephotography/?fref=nf …….hugs, prayers and blessings – Wheezingaway