Living Today – – Desire Growth

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your day as I have within mine…..

The Word – “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  (Hebrews 5: 12-14, NIV)

The Thought – Often, those who fight a daily battle with a disability or chronic illness get so caught up in living for just today, that we forget to continue our growth as a person and as a person of knowledge when it comes to our disability or chronic illness.

We get so busy battling our illness or disability that we forget that we should always be in a growth mode as life is constantly changing and becoming another learning lesson.

Our growth should always continue for more than just working on overcoming our situation itself, but to also grow within ourselves to be the person the Great Spirit wants us to be.

Beyond our illness or disability, we need to continue working on us, finding the path for which we can best use our strengths and abilities.

For instance, if you are very good at a foreign language, maybe you can continue to grow that ability by not only studying the language some more but maybe to reach out beyond your own life and help others that may be interested in learning the language.

Do you have an ability to make kids happy, calm, interested – then grow that ability by working with kids, because we all know kids that need mentoring and how much more satisfying can it get than to work with a kid for even a short period of time, and then be blessed with their friendship for life.

If you fill unfulfilled in the heart, mind or spirit – don’t let your disability or illness get in the way of growth, take some classes on subjects of interest or for the heart and spirit, join a study involving faith and reality of the Great Spirit.

Once there was a line that rolled off the tongue and heard by so many that made a reference to ‘a person will wither if they do not continue to learn’, and that is so very true.  Physically, if we do not keep working the muscles and tendons our bodies will become limp, weak and soft.  So too is our mind, heart and spirit – if we do not continue to work at growing the mind, heart and spirit then life will just wither away and we will only finish unfulfilling the abilities the Great Spirit instilled within us, but we will also finish out life without finding hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation – Great Spirit, we thank you for all that surrounds us as we continue our travels of life.  We thank you for giving us the strength and tenacity to get through those battles we have with our disabilities or illnesses.  Great Spirit, let us watch for guidance so that we may find those opportunities in life that we can use to grow our minds, hearts and spirit.  May we use those opportunities to help us grow beyond our outer appearance and battles so that we can not only find, but share the joys of hope, faith, love and grace.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

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Words of COPD/Asthma – Acute

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One of the most important things to do when you have a disability or chronic illness is to learn as much as you can about it.  The more you know the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.

Knowing the language or words of COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion we are dealing with.

Always remember, the more you know the better it will be in dealing with all that is involved with a chronic illness.

We kick these postings discussing the word ‘Acute’.

‘Acute’ is medical terminology for a sudden and normally short-term health condition such as a brief illness or attack.

Those of us who may battle COPD/Asthma, we are already familiar with this word as we most likely have several of what some would call ‘acute’ moments where our breathing was a problem.

‘Acute’ exacerbations are those moments when we develop a worsening of our COPD/Asthma symptoms.  Being ‘acute’ means the coughing, tightness in breathing or SoB (short of breath) will most likely be short lived and will subtly go away within an hour.

If you go searching for the terminology ‘acute exacerbation’ through a medical resource, you most likely will get the definition of ‘a sustained worsening of a patient’s condition, from the stable state and beyond normal day-to-day variations, that is acute in onset and necessitates a change in regular medication for that patient who may be diagnosed with COPD/Asthma’.

Because the symptoms of COPD/Asthma may vary so much from day to day, or maybe even from hour to hour – the definition of ‘acute’ is difficult to pinpoint as we are each different and may have our own concept of what constitutes a worsening of their symptoms.

With COPD/Asthma the word ‘acute’ can become more difficult to define because you add to the mix of symptoms the point that individuals vary from one to another and what may be ‘acute’ for one, may to another be seen as more of a mild or moderate exacerbation.  Remember each of us is different and that means our levels of exacerbations can and will vary.

What we do know is that most ‘acute’ exacerbations or SoB periods are caused by whatever the triggers may be for that individual.  Each of us have different triggers, whether it may be pollen, mold, pet dander, smoke, hair sprays, colognes/perfumes or even the changes in the weather.

Those of us battling COPD/Asthma know that even an ‘acute’ bout with SoB can be scary and stressful which is why it is important to quickly figure out the trigger and deal with it.  This will keep the situation as an ‘acute’ situation and not a more serious, longer term issue requiring health care.

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 by a reliable physician or pulmonologist.

With that, we bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give 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.

(Information used was gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung issues.  Images used, are done so by permission from yahoo.com and/or google.images.com.)

Living Today – – Do Not Judge the Cover

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your day as I have within mine…..

The Word – “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  (Luke 6:37 NIV)

The Thought – As those of us who fight a daily battle with a disability or chronic illness, some of us know more than others what it is like to be judged because maybe our disability or illness is not clearly visible.

As one with COPD/Asthma, I know my chronic illness is not visible and most days I look perfectly normal.  This means that many times when I may park in a handicapped space at the store, people will check me over as I get out and walk into the store.  My disability is invisible unless you get close enough to hear my struggle to get full breaths after walking or trying to do anything very physical.

Sometimes it annoys me, most times it does not, because I feel it is more their problem than it is mine, though it took me awhile to reach that point.

The important thing is that those of us traveling our life path with an invisible illness or disability must be sure to not return the attitude toward others – especially those who seem to be judging us.

Only the Great Spirit know what may be going on in everyone’s life as we know it and just as we do not like to be judged, we must guard ourselves from doing the same.

We must treat all with the same hope, faith, love and grace that we would appreciate from others, even those who cheat and take up a handicapped space when they may not be so themselves.

By not judging the cover that we see of others, we raise ourselves to a higher standard and by doing so we accept that what we are battling and that will make our travel of life easier day to day.

Only we alone can understand what is to have our cover judged, so it is we alone, with guidance from the Great Spirit, that can show how to not pass judgment on others while instead shower others with signs of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation – Oh Great Spirit, we thank you for what all surrounds me as we travel our path of life.  We look to you for guidance and strength so that we may not judge others when we may not have had the opportunity to look beyond the cover that we may see as they pass by our path of life.  Great Spirit we request the strength to not judge others, even as they may be judging us, and irregardless as to whether we are battling our own battles, may we shower all that cross our path of life with the refreshing attitude that bring to them the signs of hope, faith, love and grace.

‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Dose 2 of Those Darn Meds & Supplements

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‘Lenny’ is my constant companion the doctors call COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make life easier for me in relating to my disease as it gives it a bit of a personality.  Besides treating ‘Lenny’ as a companion, come good days or bad, is much better than always dealing with it as an enemy.

Ok, so now let’s talk about “‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today”.

My last posting discussed the other stuff I am taking over and beyond my prescribed meds, so today I will discuss some of my prescribed meds.

As of today, I have 10 prescriptions in my med cupboard of which my three doctors have put me on.

Let’s start off with those meds which work for anything other than my COPD/Asthma, like ‘Atorvastatin’, which I take once a day to help keep my cholesterol in line.

For high blood pressure the good doctor has me on ‘Lisinopril’, once a day in the evening, and that along with a healthier menu of food and some daily exercise has my blood pressure within a normal range (at least until stress hits me).

Because I am on that borderline of becoming diabetic, twice a day I take ‘Metformin’.

With my heart having its own set of deficiencies, the good doctor has me taking two baby aspirin every morning along with ‘Furosmide’.

Another item in my med cupboard is my ‘nitro’ which is mostly considered a heart drug, but I found it is also very useful for relaxing important muscles when they spasm.  That discovery came when I had a spasm in my throat (brought on by yet another health issue) which caused me unable to swallow for a few moments and the nitro kept me from choking.

All these prescriptions come from the precious work of my regular physician and my cardiologist.

And you may ask why I am sharing, because it all ties together in my battle with COPD/Asthma, because my breathing is tied to how well my heart functions – the reason why I say that ‘without breathing a person is without life itself’.

I also know that many others are out there who sometimes stress over the amount of meds they seem to be taking or not taking, and how much or often they are taking them.

By sharing my story maybe others will realize they are not alone with that med stress.

I understand that med stress, as I many times just feel tired of having to take these darn meds each and every day, twice a day.  But the important thing is, my doctors prescribed them for a purpose and that purpose was to help in a way they could to help my health from getting any worse.  And the meds I discussed today are there to help me keep my ticker from messing up like it did four and one-half years ago when I had my major ‘widow maker’ (my doctors description) heart attack and survived.

The main point is – these meds help keep me alive longer so I can enjoy the life I have with my wife, kids and grandkids.

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.

You can also follow me on facebook at COPD Travels (https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=copd%20travels)

(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.

Living Today – – Making a Proper Plan

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your day as I have within mine…..

The Word – “Do not those who plot evil go astray?  But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.”  (Proverbs 14:22, NIV)

The Thought – For us to fulfill our destiny we all need to have a plan, a roadmap to get us from here to there.

We discuss the Great Spirit and how it will give you guidance in doing what is right and planning your future adventures based on the spirit of hope, faith, love and grace.

Those of us with a chronic illness or disability, the idea of planning for the future can appear to be overwhelming, especially if you have an illness or disability that literally can hang on the phrase ‘one day at a time’.

Yet that very same chronic battle or situation you may be in, is exactly why you should and must keep a plan, a roadmap for the days ahead and it must include a positive attitude with piles of love, faith and hope.

Just because you have an illness or disability does not mean you can’t be a very productive individual for family, friends and society to appreciate for whatever the attitude you may bring to the day or moment.

Make use of your best abilities to give hope, faith and grace to the life that surrounds you.  Whether that be volunteer work, crafts, mentoring, tutoring, mechanical, musical, writing or whatever it may be that you find is your most endearing ability or gift to give.

So, plan the path of life ahead of you by using your ability or gift as the head of the adventure, while always basing the plan/adventure on the foundation of hope, faith, love and grace.

By doing so, by making plans, you will find that the Great Spirit will give you the guidance to do good with all of life that surrounds you while also finding that your own battle with a chronic illness or disease will be easier to battle due to the plans you have made.

The Meditation – Oh Great Spirit, as I thank you for all that makes up the world that surrounds me, I also understand that to make plans for my future, I must lean on your friendship and guidance to help keep my mind fresh, my motives positive and my body fresh and renewed.  I look forward to seeking and finding your guidance for all that may lie ahead in this adventure I call life and feel assured that the Great Spirit will give me the strength to make plans and stick with them so that both myself and others can and will be refreshed in life through hope, faith, love and grace.

‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Those Darn Meds & Supplements

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First, the quick reminder that ‘Lenny’ is the name I gave my constant companion the doctors call COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease as it gives it a personality.  Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but like any companion I can deal with its unpredictable personality better with a name than treating like a nasty enemy.

Ok, so now let’s talk about “‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today”.

Let’s talk about medications, you know those various size items that those doctors have prescribed as ways to help slow down the process of your illness or disability.

For me, I take several medications plus a variety of extra stuff – all which is supposed to help me at one point or another.

First, let’s talk about the extra stuff.

I take a gel tablets that contain fish oil, flaxseed, vitamin D and garlic.  I also take two pills, one with saw palmetto and the other with Echinacea.  Does that sound a bit much, maybe, but for me it seems to be working the majority of the time and I seldom seem to catch any major bug although I am sure that is aided by a yearly flu shot and of course the required shot for anyone with lung problems – the pneumonia shot.

Due to recent events, which required me having to fast for some medical test or procedure, I have had stretches where I went without taking any of these for a couple or three days without feeling any effects.

I bring this up because I have been reading lately about the lack of true help some of these give me, so I have begun to reduce some of the other stuff I am taking.  For instance, instead of two fish oil or flaxseed per day, I am taking just one a day and only five times a week.

My vitamin D and garlic tabs I continue to take once a day in the mornings, partially because I know garlic is good for both the heart and lungs, and considering I have problems with both it can’t hurt.

The saw palmetto I have been taking for many years and unlike some of older family members, I am sixty years old and not having any prostrate problems which is a relief.

A friend turned me on to Echinacea many years ago and I am convinced it has helped fight off some fights with illness, in particular involving the sinuses or lungs.

Oh, I do take a multi-vitamin tablet every day just to cover myself for those days in which my eating habits are not up to the health standards they should be.  In other words, like so many, I am still working on getting enough fruits and vegetables into my daily eating menu.

Curiosity – what, if any, supplements do you maybe take on a daily basis and what do you take them for?

Okay, enough for today.  Next time I will discuss those more expensive items that I have medical folks telling to me to take to help keep a variety of health issues either in check or from progressing along at any faster pace than necessary.

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.

Living Today – – Live to Give

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What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

The Word – “Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (Luke 6:38, NIV)

The Thought – We all want to be happy, to find fulfillment with our life even when our illness or disability seems to bear down on us.

But that thing about being happy, have you ever noticed that a person is happiest after they have been willing to give something from their life first.

They say that true happiness and true fulfillment in our lives only comes when you give of your own life in some way to those around you, whether you know them or not.

They say the Great Spirit will return all that is given, multiplied several times over.  With that kind of a promise why is it that so many have a problem with giving.

With that kind of promise you would think it would be easy to step out with hope and faith, and give more than we could have ever imagined.

When you are fighting an illness or disability that giving is many times much more difficult to accomplish as we worry about the consequences of letting our guard down, which for many us could be a physical, mental or emotional disaster.

This writer many times finds the opportunity of giving of my time, energy or abilities can be found with a mental brick wall that worries about getting exhausted or having a situation develop while giving.

But to have a fulfillment of our life as we know it, to have some happiness of our life as we battle our own individual disabilities or illnesses is to give of ourselves as best we can, when and where we can.

Giving could be just helping a friend or family member out, finding a niche at a local church or organization, or maybe just doing something totally out of secret like sending get well or thank you cards to those who need or deserve it.

The important thing is, that despite the illness or disability which we may have, it is still a strong reason for our happiness and fulfillment in life to give as best we can – and trust me, through hope, failth love and grace, people and the Great Spirit will take notice, even when you may not think they have.

The Meditation – Oh Great Spirit I thank you for the opportunities which I have waiting for me to give of myself, my time and my abilities.  I know giving that by giving of myself, I will find within my heart and soul the true meanings of hope, faith, love and grace.  Thank you.