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.
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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.