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 give you set three of 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 Set 3 – – Sleep and Rest
While sleep disorders are somewhat common with those who have COPD and/or Asthma, that is just part of the possible problem when fighting a major disease or illness.
If you are having consistent problems with sleeping then you need to man up to it and most likely get a sleep study done. Then you bite the bullet and deal with idea of sleeping with a c-pap machine if that’s what it takes to solve the sleep problems.
This writer, for one, avoided it for a long while, but now can’t even imagine sleeping without the help of a c-pap machine.
Remember that you and your health should be the most important thing in your daily travels and solid sleeping is part of it.
As most of us know, when fighting those daily battles with COPD and/or Asthma, you can and will have times during those battles when fatigue and/or exhaustion may set in. It’s okay as it’s part of the results of those daily battles, but the important thing is to stop and take care of it.
If taking care of the fatigue and lack of sleep means taking a short and/or long nap, then do it. Your health is and should be your daily priority and if rest is needed – then just do it, because in the long run, you and your body will feel better which in turns makes relating to others better as well.
Listen to your body as you should be the most reliable one to know when it gets tired or run down. When it is yelling at you to stop and rest – then stop and rest.
Taking those breaks and/or naps should not be a shameful thing and those closest to you should also understand, especially if they realize how much those breaks and/or naps can substantially help in pro-longing the time you will be around to enjoy life with them.
Sleep and keeping rested is and will always be of utmost importance when factoring the building your individual stability while we have our own daily battles with COPD and/or any other illness/disease.
REFLECTION QUESTION – – Do you sleep well enough, and if not do you work at making it so? When you get tired and/or exhausted, do you willingly take the time to rest?
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.
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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)