‘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.
This ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and handling of life together of ‘Lenny’ and me.
Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – Time…..
When a person is in his late teens or early twenties, time seems as if it will go on forever and many days or weeks would drag on and on.
Funny thing, when adulthood and responsibilities become the norm, then suddenly time starts flying by as if we just entered the Daytona 500 or something.
Then if you get hit with an event or major illness, suddenly time becomes the utmost important thing on your agenda because you suddenly have the realization that it will not always be there and eventually even we have an ending.
I have come close to death three times and the third time I did die for I think they said several minutes, and it was a very enlightening experience. I came face-to-face with the reality that my life has an ending and it was up to me to help prevent the inevitable from happening any earlier than it may be scheduled.
Problem is I was also diagnosed with late Stage III COPD shortly after and as time as gone by me, I find myself more and more frustrated from not having the stamina or breath to do many of the things I really want to do – such as yard work, spending long days at grandkid sports events, driving long distance to just see something or visit someone and even the opportunity to work out like I want and should be doing.
The biggest frustration for me is that every time ‘Lenny’ acts up, it seems that my routine, my life gets dropped into neutral and everything around me stands still except for time, and time is not something I know I can afford to lose.
Many of us who battle constant battles with a chronic illness and/or disability are very aware of the fact that due to our situations that time is not on our side like it would be if we were healthy and that leads to much frustration.
When ‘Lenny’ kept raising the level of irritation the past couple of weeks, I realized that many of those days would go by without me having an opportunity to do what I wanted to do and that my friends leads to a level of frustration that seems to be nearly impossible to overcome – but overcome I must and knowing that unlike when I was in my early twenties, time is now a treasure worth more than gold and regardless of how ‘Lenny’ may be acting I know I must make every moment count.
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.
(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 medical founded information.