Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – Our Environmental Future

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For this posting I am not going into detail about my relationship with ‘Lenny’, my constant companion better known as COPD/Asthma, as most who actually read this already know I am in late Stage III of COPD on top of having a severe asthma condition.

No details because today I am writing from my broken heart, broken over the sudden and major change of direction our country is preparing to take regarding healthcare and environmental issues.

Have always tried to avoid political items with my ‘Wheezing Away’ postings (normally save them for my blog ‘Grumpy Gramps’), but with the sudden and major change of direction that is evident with the new administration in Washington I have to make a few comments – because it affects so many that I have come to know that are fighting for their lives on a daily basis due to a major illness or disease.

While I have been an asthmatic since I was a kid and yes, many times in my life I have done things I shouldn’t have due to my own decisions – like working at a fiberglass insulation factory, had a cleaning business that cleaned a fabrication shop and hung out with the fumes of ovens, stoves and fryers for 20+ years – I am still aware of how my asthma and possible my COPD is better than it could have been due to many of the environmental standards put in place by previous administrations.

For those who do not pay attention, the rate of asthma among children has been rising for many years and if you are not familiar with the disease than let me tell you, it is not fun and can be downright scary for the person, family and friends that happen to be around when an attack of asthma happens.

It’s not just the air we breathe that concerns me, it is the environment as a whole – especially our water and earth itself.

As they plug away full steam ahead with these pipelines, taking them over, under and through some of our most precious waterways and farm fields we will be looking at more and more natural disasters that will poison and permanently damage both people and our earth itself.

I live within two miles of one of the larger refinery’s in the Midwest and there are days that stepping outside can be difficult due to the aroma in the air from a recent or on-going refinery burn off.  What scares me, is that is what we can notice because of the aroma and knowing that some much more is let out into the air that looks like clouds of steam – but are not.

I am concerned and stressed over the future of the environment that will left for my grandkids and future great-grandkids.

The gracious God or great Spirit that gave us this precious earth to live on, gave it to us for our use for survival and with the understanding that we were to protect it – not abuse and use it, but protect it.

For centuries the Native American Indians made use of the lands and animals for only what they needed, nothing more and nothing less.  The Native American Indians knew the value of each and every creature and land resource, the value that each and every item had within itself to help all the others to stay and live a stable life of good and love.

Okay, ‘Lenny’ is saying enough for now as my stress level is rising just thinking about so many so called ‘Christians’ are giving my Christianity a bad name due to their take, take and prosper attitude over our earth and fellow creatures instead of take as needed, protect and serve the rest that I believe God intended.

Now I am rambling, but do know that I for one, one who is battling a daily battle with breathing issues, am struggling with the thought that those in power, those elected to serve and protect the citizens of our country – are now just serving the almighty dollar and tossing out to the sides those of us who have already suffered the consequences of environmental hazards.

And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

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@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: 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.

Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – Contempt

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Let’s take a moment for that quick reminder, ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my constant companion called COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease, it has become my companion instead of a nasty enemy.  Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but ‘Lenny’ does do better when I can take care of it the best I can.

So now that we have caught up, let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.

Have you ever just felt disgusted with a situation or a person, sometimes to the point of feeling contempt for that person or situation.

Contempt can be a very nasty thought process to get caught up in.  Contempt can be literally dangerous to your state of mind and even your health and welfare.

While checking a variety of dictionary style definitions, the word contempt can be summarized as meaning ‘disapproval tinged with disgust, disdain or feeling that a person or thing is beneath one’s dignity and unworthy of notice, respect or concern’.

Lately I have had a real challenge with that feeling of contempt toward several situations and/or people.  Like a recent posting about change, this is a subject which I may visit several times as contempt and change are both traits in my life that challenge me.

Recently I went through a four or five-day period where ‘Lenny’ was acting up just enough to make my day seem a little miserable, which in turn put my attitude in frustration mode.  It was the kind of uncomfortable that made me find the feeling of contempt start to rise regarding my relationship with the constant companion I refer to as ‘Lenny’.

After four years of learning to live and deal with the diagnosis of COPD, I have become aware of the fact that attitude and feelings can and will have a say on how ‘Lenny’ behaves and how well we will get along on any day.

When I start to get contemptuous with my COPD/Asthma, ‘Lenny’ seems to act up and remind me that ‘like it or not’ we are attached at the lungs for life.

Feeling disgusted with my COPD/Asthma and the problems it may cause, or the events it may make me miss, I fully understand that instead of contempt toward the disease for which I am battling it is much easier to deal with it nearly like just another person that is in my life – kind of like family or best friends.

Contempt in nearly every situation, issue or relationship will end up in the long run causing more problems than solutions.

Contempt it seems can almost be called a part of human nature and like any part of human nature, an individual can and should take notice of it, talk to it, deal with it and most of all get over it – because having contempt for anything will eventually cause nothing much more than more issues and more issues about anything is not what most of us really need.

So, for today, when I find myself becoming disgusted with or find disdain for my companion ‘Lenny’ it is a must that I stop and look at what is causing those feelings of contempt, while searching for any of the ways I can to dissipate those feelings before they become an issue of themselves.

Controlling my moments of contempt toward ‘Lenny’ helps me, my family, my medical family and my life roll along at a much better pace.

And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

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@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: 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.

 

‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – Changes

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Let’s take a moment for that quick reminder, ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my constant companion called COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease, it has become my companion instead of a nasty enemy.  Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but ‘Lenny’ does do better when I am able to take care of it the best I can.

So now that we have caught up, let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.

Changes can affect people in different ways. Now remember, the type of changes are always a major factor, whether the change is job related, weather, faith, family, or physical – anytime a person has changes, it affects them even if they try to deny it, it does.

I for one am honest about not always being very good with changes.

Changes is something that many of us who fight that daily battle with a physical disease find sometimes on a monthly, weekly or even a daily basis.  Because of our health, changes can be a scary thing but a thing we learn to face, like it or not.

I am one who faces changes many times on a daily basis because ‘Lenny’ is many times affected by things like unexpected aromas from perfumes or colognes, lingering smoke from vehicles or cigarettes and even the weather.

Weather, reminds of how my Mom used to refer to me as her personal barometer for telling her whether the weather was changing because my severe asthma was and still is affected by changes in humidity, wind and temperature.

This is why I drive folks crazy this time of the year, because when it gets cold (and here I am talking temperatures below 25-30 degrees), I talk about how I hope it continues for at least 10 days to two weeks.  People have actually gotten pissed at me, but then again they don’t deal with the lungs that I do.

I remember living for several years in Minnesota and how I loved the extremely cold winters and the long stretches they would stick around, because it would get cold enough to ‘snap the air in half’ as I called it, which in turn would actually help kill off germs and other nasty’s that may be floating around.

Currently the area of the country where I reside is going through those stretches that have the weather in the 50’s and 60’s for a couple of days and then have a couple of days where we are lucky to get the thermometer to raise above freezing.  These are the kind of periods where I seem to have the most trouble in keeping ‘Lenny’ from misbehaving and causing my days to be filled with bouts of SOB (short of breath).

What can or will I do about it?  I rely on my years of experience dealing with breathing problems and work at remembering to bundle up better when it’s cold, slowing down when going from extreme cold outside to the warmth of the inside, and on those windy days – just find things to do at home and stay put.

So today I am talking about changes, part one – because there is much more to changes which can affect people and I am no different.  I say this because I still have changes going on in my life which I know I have to deal with and if I am careful, my response to these changes will not cause a problem with ‘Lenny’ because when ‘Lenny’ misbehaves my changes affect me from an entirely different angle.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

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@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: 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.

 

 

 

Lenny & Me 4 Today – Hope

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For a variety of reasons the back half of 2016 fell into a vast empty stage of limbo for myself and my persistent sidekick ‘Lenny’.

Let’s take a moment for a short reminder, not only for many of the readers out there who may truly be reading this – but also for me, to remind myself of the commitment I made a while back to myself and those other folks who are battling that nasty medical situation called COPD and Asthma.

Let me start with just who I am and who ‘Lenny’ is.

I am a guy stuck in the middle of the United States with late Stage III COPD and Severe Asthma.  The asthma part I have had all my life, the COPD diagnosis came a few months after I survived a ‘widow maker’ heart attack.  I am happily married to a lady who gives and takes a lot for me, and I am blessed by 11 grandkids.

Now ‘Lenny’, well that is the name for which I gave my COPD – it just seemed to be an easier way to deal with my disease, by making it more of a constant companion than a nasty enemy.  As a companion, I seem to be able to deal with it much better, at least most of the time.

For a long time I wrote consistently on my blog ‘Wheezing Away’ as kind of a therapy for dealing with my COPD and Asthma.  ‘Wheezing Away’ is my way to cope with not being able to work anymore in my choice of work, the food service industry.

I also began writing because I figured that maybe, just maybe whatever I bang out of the keyboard would hopefully hit a chord with someone, somewhere – the opportunity to remind others that they are not alone, the HOPE of touching others in the same similar boat battling the same similar disease.

So here I am, the beginning of 2017, once again sharing where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be in dealing with life and my own travels with COPD/Asthma.

HOPE is a big word with few letters.  One of the longer references to a definition for the word comes from that hot internet spot called Wikipedia.

In Wikipedia they describe hope as “an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: ‘expect with confidence’ and ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation’.

HOPE is what I use instead of those nasty things called resolutions that so many try to make at the beginning of a new year, only to have them falter or fail all together within a month, week, day or sometimes even minutes.

HOPE is what I use, because it seems more optimistic and I really to try to be and stay optimistic.

HOPE is what I need, sometimes on a daily basis when I am home alone fighting a day of SOB (short of breath) and can’t do much without making it worse.

HOPE is what I want since my latest spirometry test showed at least one of my four functions tested as having gained 17% in less normal function.

HOPE is what I look toward as I continue to fight a weight issue, one which most likely help my dealings with ‘Lenny’ but seemingly so hard to battle, especially during those periods of time when my breathing can make it difficult to exercise like I should or would like.

HOPE is what will keep me going in 2017, as I refresh my motivation for sharing my daily travels with COPD/Asthma, hoping that I once again can help others by letting them know they are not alone.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

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@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: 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.