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 four 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 Part 4 – – Knowing Yourself
Possible one of the most important points of necessity for keeping stability in your daily battle with any health issues is to ‘KNOW YOURSELF’.
When asked, can you describe with utmost accuracy how, when and why you get those nasty bouts of SOB (Short on Breath)?
Do you really know when you can expect a possible coughing spell because of anything that may have just happened in your path of life?
Are you aware of any, and all changes in your skin color, comfort in joints and movements or your ability to eat and sleep?
If you are comfortable answering these questions than kudos to you for being aware of you, your physical being and the daily battle you participate in.
The greatest help we can be to ourselves and our physicians/specialists is having the ability to describe with accuracy any, and all that is going on with our daily physical living.
Many keep a daily or weekly journal of their travels and you know, that is a great idea – write things down when you have a coughing spell, you get SOB, maybe get a bloody nose from the dry humidity, headaches or just plain get that feeling of being tired or exhausted.
If you write down a physical listing of when things happen, how they happened and possible what caused them to happen – then you can and will begin to see a track record of telling tales that will give you and all those who take these travels with you much needed insight on the causes and results of your daily habits, routines or schedule.
Whether you keep a written physical journal or not, it is of utmost importance that you still work at always being aware of you and the daily world around you.
Knowing ourselves will help us to become our own best friend and caretaker while keeping us from less likely repeating those bumps that cause negative commotion in our daily lives – because it is always best to be your own best friend and avoid being your own worst enemy.
REFLECTION QUESTION – – What measures to you take to keep track of any flare ups and/or bouts SoB, and do you share them with your caretaker, physician and pulmonologist? Do you make yourself your own best friend and/or caretaker?
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.)