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 we refer to as ‘Outside/Inside of Them Lungs’.
Set 3 – – ‘Looking at Your Lungs from the Inside’:
Our previous posting we touched on the upper airway system and how it filtered, humidified and warmed the air as it enters your bodily system. (https://wheezingaway.com/2017/08/23/reflections-of-copdasthma-set-2-of-outsideinside-of-them-lungs/)
Today we discuss the two major pieces to the puzzle of your working lungs on the inside and that would be the bronchial tubes and the alveoli.
When following inward the breathing system of a normal adult a person would find about six inches past the larynx – the windpipe, which then divides into two air passages. One air passage heads off to the left into the left lung while the other wanders to the right to supply the right lung – these are what we call the ‘Bronchial Tubes’.
As your inhaled air continues the travels through the ‘Bronchial Tubes’ it will continue to pass over more mucous and cilia where the mucous supplies the moisture to keep the air passages humidified while the cilia that continue sweep the mucous upward while trapping dust, bacteria and other substances out of your breathing system.
As the ‘Bronchial Tubes’ progress further down into the lungs they branch out twenty-two more times to form more than 100,000 smaller bronchial tubes where the thinnest tubes are called ‘bronchioles’.
Amazingly at the end of each ‘bronchiole’ you will or should find a cluster of air sacs which are referred to as ‘Alveoli’ is that each ‘Alveoli’ is only about 0.3mm in diameter and just one cell thick or about the same thickness as a soap bubble (or 1/50th the thickness of a normal piece of tissue paper).
And that my friends is ‘Set 3’ of ‘Outside/Inside – Your Lungs’. Next posting in the series will discuss oxygen exchange.
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.)