‘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 – Pacing My Days…..
I have come to realize that the most difficult thing for me to deal with most days is pacing myself as I ride through the day, week, month or year. I realize that dealing with ‘Lenny’ can and is at times, a most unpredictable companion and the only way to work at keeping ‘Lenny’ from causing a stir in my game plan is to pace my day and always watch for them triggers.
This past weekend my wonderful partner/caretaker, better known as my wife of nearly 25 years, joined me on a quick run out of state to visit our daughter and family that just recently moved. It would be her first visit to their new home and community, plus it would just the two of us away from other family matters that we were trying our best not to disrupt our stress levels and everyday travels.
After having a wonderful time of catching up with my best friend from high school for lunch on Friday, we headed out for the five-hour trip – pacing ourselves so we would hit the big city of Kansas City just before weekend evening rush hour, and bingo, we did just that.
Of course, before leaving the old guy here remembered to toss her my oximeter and nitro, just in case I would need either one – yep, the old guy remembered to plan ahead and grab the medical protections.
Now I do not stay at my daughter’s, at least not yet, because they are still settling in and the house still is airing out from being empty for several months and full of moving boxes and stuff. This meant we stayed at a wonderful hotel, which for me seems more convenient anyway with my c-pap and nebulizer machines.
We had a most great visit, had some quality food (including some of the best pizza ever) and spent a chunk of time before heading home taking in the sight and sounds of two beautiful lakes that both sit less than 10-15 minutes from my daughter’s home.
The theme of this posting of ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is pacing, and that is what I did all weekend. I paced myself when driving to make sure my stress level would stay low so not to offend ‘Lenny’. I paced myself when walking around the two lakes, especially on the climb back up the steep incline from sandy beach and boat ramps. I paced myself eating as eating itself can cause an occasional problem or two. I paced myself playing with the grandkids, the grand-dog and time in the new home so not to set off any triggers.
Was the weekend perfect, darn near, while the important point was I paced myself while keeping the back of the mind and the outside edges of the eyes on a close watch for any possible triggers.
A message for this ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ would be – always work at pacing yourself in all aspects of your daily travels and that pacing should or must always include that watchful eye on triggers.
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 medical founded information.