‘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.
Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – yes, weather matters.
Yes, weather does matter, especially when you battle a lung problem like I do with ‘Lenny’ and yes there are days that I just hate how the weather can reshuffle my plans for a whole day.
Just the past few days I posted part one of a reference to an article that dealt with weather and how it does or does not affect those with COPD and/or Asthma.
In that posting I shared with how as far back as I could remember, my mother used to refer to me as her ‘human barometer’ because she could tell the weather was changing by how my breathing was doing. Sometimes I wore that as a badge of honor, other times it was literally a pain in the rear.
The past 48-hours, the weather we have had in our area of the world has been, to say the least, an un-seasonal mess. We have had snow of all things west of us, while our area is having a very cool, very wet weekend – all of which puts ‘Lenny’ in a bit of a tizzy.
While I felt fine yesterday and did get out to do an interview for a story I am working on, plus a couple of trips to get some items at the store, I probably should have thought it out more on just how much I got out and about as this morning I woke up and found ‘Lenny’ tugging at me in a way that was not so much severe as just uncomfortable.
We with COPD and/or Asthma all know that feeling when we feel like we are breathing okay, but for some reason we are having trouble keeping our oxygen levels either high enough or they are tapping out as too high, well that was my morning – oxygen levels were checking out okay, yet my breathing was labored and I just felt miserable every time I tried to do anything.
Even my wife did not make any effort to discourage me from staying home from church, because much like my mother she has learned to understand and pay attention to my breathing while understanding what my day was going to be like just by understanding.
As the day wore on I just felt tired, kept wanting to doze off and my breathing at this point of the day is still feels labored.
What did I do about it, I pressed on while making sure I slipped in another visit with my nebulizer and kept my rescue inhaler much closer than normal. In other words, it was just one of those days that due to a trigger beyond my control, the weather, I was going to be a touch toward miserable and there just was nothing I could do but move forward and make the best of it that I could.
So, as I wind down my day I drink lots of water while making sure I get my night meds taken and then just hope that the bit of obnoxiousness that ‘Lenny’ has presented this day will settle down for the night and I will be able to get a decent night’s sleep and start over again in the morning.
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 good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
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.