How do you find your COPD and/or Asthma behaving when things in life get you stressed?
How does your COPD and/or Asthma hold up when having a house full of family or visitors?
Recently we talked about ‘staying on routine’ and how when normal daily activities get too far out of normal that ‘Lenny’ may get a slight bit agitated and throw a flare up or SoB into the day just to get my attention.
Asking who is ‘Lenny’? Well for me, my COPD/Asthma is like a constant companion who sometimes behaves and keeps life running somewhat smooth, while other times, ‘Lenny’, can make life like a hurricane of struggles.
The name ‘Lenny’ is because treating my COPD/Asthma like a companion seems more sensible than getting irritated and mad at it like a constant enemy, because companion’s can and will piss you off, but they also make like much better when getting along.
So back to the main question – does stress affect your COPD and/or Asthma? For ‘Lenny’ and me the answer is most likely yes and that holds true in this current section of road in life that I am traveling due to some major social, relationship and legal issues happening within the travels of two family members – better known as adult children.
As much as I try to find ways to relax and calm down, when it comes to the kids or grandkids – the stress level can be a rough one to shut down because I care so much about their well-being and comfort in their own travels of life that I seem to try and take on the some of the stress they should be showing due to the bumps they have encountered.
Even when I may show on the outside, a calmer demeanor that expected, there will be someone close like my wife or daughter who will catch me and ask, ‘you doing okay, your breathing is not sounding good’. That is when I must take a step back with the mind and emotions and take those deep, slow breathing exercises to let ‘Lenny’ know that together we will work at stopping any possible flare up or SoB. Thank you to those who notice and are willing to say so, because over the years I have become so used to how I breath, that I am normally the last one to realize a major flare up or SoB is developing until it is full blown happening.
As for those family visits, and I have one happening now with an 83-year old Aunt, two darling teenage granddaughters and an 11-year old grandson with Asperger’s, I am learning that it is okay to just excuse myself at times and go to the world of my computer and reading room to take a personal break for a bit – it is what I need to do, because trust me they do not want to be around if I have a major flare up or SoB with ‘Lenny’.
I am sure that ‘Lenny’ and I will survive the stress, hustle and bustle of a long weekend of family, fireworks, visiting and fooding – and whether I really do or not, surely something will come out of it for a solid topic of ‘Lenny’ and Me for Today….
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.