I am one of those that has been given the honor of traveling life with the companionship of COPD and severe Asthma.
While the honor is many times pushed by the frustration and battle with those companions, I have over time come to grips that it is what it is and I must make the best of it.
I knew I must learn more about this companion the medical folks call COPD and severe Asthma, so I have read about, ask questions about it and spent time nearly every day scouring the internet for information, articles and more.
I also knew it is good to share, so as a writer I decided what better way to share what I am learning and finding than through informational, inspirational and personal writings about my travels with COPD and severe Asthma.
This is part of an on-going series we call ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma and today we begin a six-part set called ‘Bringing Stability to a COPD/Asthma Life’.
BRINGING STABILITY TO A LIFE WITH COPD/ASTHMA – –
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with COPD and/or Asthma is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for building stability within a life with COPD and/or Asthma and they are – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
Stability Part 2 – – Avoid Sickness
When we say avoid sickness we are not just talking about getting a yearly flu shot and periodic pneumonia shots, but learning to avoid sickness itself.
We know that avoiding sickness could be as easy as just staying home and avoiding people or public contact all together, but that would not be easy to do nor would it be a good thing to do psychologically either.
What you can and should do is be aware of your community and what type of illnesses are going around and maybe even what age group is being most affected by those illnesses.
This can be done by checking with your personal physician or pulmonologist, or as in many communities anymore check the local media whether it be radio, television or newspaper for news-bites about local health issues.
And when you do go out always pay attention to the surroundings you are in and learn to watch people, if people appear to be even the slightest bit sick in any way then be polite, but keep your distance and if you do shake a hand or give a hug be sure to wash them hands and if you feel it necessary disinfect your clothing.
Make sure your friends and family are aware of your immune problems so that they can be considerate and think twice about coming by when they themselves may be feeling or getting sick.
If your spouse or family members that may live with you get to feeling a little under the weather, be sure and encourage them to wash their hands regularly and if needed (presuming your health issues involves your breathing) be willing to wear a medical type mask when in the house.
Many will seem to go overboard when being cautious about sicknesses, but then again when you consider the consequences if you were to get sick – depending on the severity of your COPD and/or Asthma, you probably have the right to seem over cautious and almost phobic about seemingly sick people.
When fighting a daily battle with a nasty illness or disease you learn to do, what you have to do to protect the precious life we have.
And when others do not or will not respect your world and the need to be clear of any possible sickness, then you be honest with them and let them know that if they are not willing to work with you, then as much as you may not want to do it, your COPD and/or Asthma will give you no other choice than to avoid them when they are showing any sign of sickness.
REFLECTION QUESTION – – What is it you do in your daily routines to protect you and your health issues on a daily basis from getting sick?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
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.
ALWAYS 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.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give 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.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)
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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)