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.
Staying busy is many times a difficult task to do when you are fighting an illness such as COPD and/or severe Asthma, as your energy and breath levels are many times difficult to keep up. But staying busy is also a subject which I know will be touched on again, and again, and again because it can be such a difficult thing to do when battling something such as COPD/Asthma.
I for one realize that anything real physical (including yard and garden work) can quickly, within a 10-15-minute time span) drop my oxygen levels into the mid-, to high 80’s. A level which I am fully aware is not only unhealthy for my lungs, but also puts extra stress on my ticker – which already has a sizable weak spot due to my massive heart attack nearly four years back.
So just how do I stay busy, a question which may not be asked of me much directly but I assure you is thought of much more often than I or others will admit to.
For one, I enjoy writing which has given me the opportunity to work just enough for a local weekly newspaper to keep my time and mind occupied without going overboard on what I can earn alongside my disability. And yes I do find that many days, especially those which may be hot and humid, even an hour or so of straight writing can seem to wear me out.
My writing, as many of you that follow, is an outlet for me to also touch on other interests such as food, photography and these postings I put here on ‘Wheezing Away’ dealing with COPD/Asthma.
My writing is where I came up with the imaginary name for my COPD/Asthma, because if I can just refer to it as ‘Lenny’ then it becomes more of a partner in my life, a sidekick sort of. ‘Lenny’ is as much a part of my daily living as is my wife, kids, grandkids, family and friends. ‘Lenny’ is the name I call when I get frustrated with the inability to work in the yard and garden like I would, or the name I call when I get frustrated trying to plan or keep up with the grandkids and due to a bout of SoB, I am unable to do so.
My writing is what can keep me busy and it can also get in my way, as because of my love to write I also have a love of information, ideas and going on’s. This puts me in a spot where much too many times I will get easily sidetracked looking for information about something that I just plain lose track of what my original intention was.
So I stay busy as much as I want or can, though my battle with COPD/Asthma is not always the reason I stop writing – but that will be a write for another time.
So staying busy I do with writing and I much appreciate those who appreciate what I offer. And this writing thing, it does extend beyond my work with the paper and this battle with COPD/Asthma – I encourage you to check out my three main writing projects at https://www.facebook.com/SimplyFoodFun/?fref=nf , https://www.facebook.com/COPD-Travels-1478436192478796/?fref=nf and https://www.facebook.com/crossdovephotography/?fref=nf .
And that my friends is 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.
You touch me often with your writing, even if I don’t comment. I’m glad that you’re able to find a way to enjoy life despite your challenges.
And, if I haven’t already suggested this, there is a social networking page:
which allows you to visit with others and offer encouragement for getting through this battle we’re all enduring.