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.
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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.