‘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.
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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.
Thank you ! I found a surprising answer in your blog about being pre-diabetic and on Metformin. My latest endo has indicated that my liver pain is due to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease / cirrhosis of the liver, and when I asked about “Metformin” I was put firmly in my place.
She was the doc, and I just needed to focus on diet and exercise.
We have little hope of achieving a team purpose, if I cannot participate in my own care and challenge the status quo for keeping me as healthy as possible.