Is your COPD/Asthma a friend, companion or enemy?
For me, my COPD/Asthma is like a constant companion who sometimes makes life run smooth while other times making life a hurricane of struggles.
As a companion, I decided to name my COPD/Asthma – which is why this is titled ‘Lenny’ and Me, because ‘Lenny’ makes it more like I am talking about a companion than just an illness. Treating ‘Lenny’ more as a companion, come good days and bad, makes it much easier to deal with than fighting it like an enemy.
So ‘‘Lenny’ and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and battles of living with the chronic illness we call COPD/Asthma.
Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – Staying on Routine…..
Most of us have a routine, whether it be at work or home, as it seems that life expects us to stick to certain order of things to get through our work or day – and that is what we call a routine. Here is a glance at just a few, near must dos within my daily routine.
While my whole day is not exactly a fine-tuned machine, I do know that my day kicks off much better when I take care of them lungs, while doing what is needed to keep ‘Lenny’ happy and in check to start the day.
After taking my ‘nose pillows’ off and shutting down the c-pap machine, I grab a bottle of water and drink it at a steady pace – one to relieve a case of dry mouth from my c-pap use, while also filling me up so I may not be so hungry for breakfast that I will over eat.
From there I make a run on the nebulizer to help wake the lungs up from a deep sleep and prepare them for the day ahead. It seems that most mornings, ‘Lenny’ is made happy, happy with a run of eight-to-ten minutes on that nebulizer followed up with a deep (or as deep as that morning would allow) inhale of my ‘Breo Ellipta’. While doing my nebulizer I also work at waking up the old body up as well by doing some sitting Tai Chi moves with my upper body.
At this point we have a routine that many days seems like no routine as the only items for sure on the list are breakfast, lunch, supper and maybe a nap somewhere in between.
Being in the food business for over 20+ years, I was used to a routine that was based on getting things done in order to be ready for that first and last customer of the day.
Being put out to retirement early by my companion ‘Lenny’, I find keeping a solid routine somewhat difficult and most likely impossible on those days when ‘Lenny’ finds one of those triggers that tells him to fire up the flare ups and SoB’s.
To help keep somewhat of a routine, I do work hard at spending most of the mornings working on my writings for the local weekly newspaper, my blogs dealing with chronic illness, food and life itself. Around that I schedule out, though seldom accomplish, times for a bit of my photography and art.
Every night before bed I make out a list of what I want to accomplish the next day while knowing full well that most days I put much more on the list than will and does actually gets done.
What I do know is that when my early morning routine and that ‘loose’ version of a daily routine gets tossed around and rearranged – my system gets irritated and frustrated, which in turns makes me seem grumpy and impatient, while many times raising my stress to a point that ‘Lenny’ says – enough is enough – and fires up a flare up, sometimes just to get my attention.
The message today from ‘Lenny’ and Me for Today is to never give up and always have a routine in the works and at least planned – because contrary to what many may think, if the body is given a routine the odds seem to slim down on whether you deliver moments of regrets, frustration and irritation within your walk of life.
If I make out my schedule for that tomorrow I hope to get, I know that my day is heading in the correct direction while securing a much lesser percentage of failure – failure at giving ‘Lenny’ any opportunity to crash the day by throwing out a flare up or SoB.
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.