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.
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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.