Today is November 26, a day which forever, as I walk this gift of earth, will be consider a very special day in our household as this is a day for a celebration. A celebration of New Life plus 5.
Celebration of New Life plus five – why you may ask, because five years ago this morning I applied the help of my neighbor to help me run errands due to myself feeling much under the weather. Thankfully this neighbor was a fireman and asked the right questions and noticed the correct things, and promptly took me and my vehicle to our local hospital as quickly as he could get there without causing a major commotion. At the hospital, they knew something was very wrong and as they prepped me to be transferred to a better facility – as I handed my phone to let my Dad know what may be going on, I got very light headed and everything went black.
A few minutes later, I was told four-to-five possible, I opened my eyes and this nurse was kneeling on the edge of my gurney pushing as hard as she good on my chest, so I asked her what the heck she was doing as it hurt – she simply smiled and hollered to all in the room ‘he is back’. Needless to say, I asked her ‘back from where’ and that was when someone looked down at me and said you had a massive heart attack.
Wow, was that an eye opener to me as I just thought I may have passed out or fallen asleep. But know, a heart attack – in fact, as my first cardiologist like to remind me, I had a massive ‘widow maker’ heart attack and that if I had not been anywhere but where I was I would not be with this world as I know of it anymore.
So that is why we celebrate today as my ‘New Life Plus Five’………
Five stents and five days later I returned home to begin my recuperation and the new life I had been granted. Then, three months later, problems with my close companion ‘Lenny’ acting up and making life miserable, I found that instead of just severe asthma, I now was being diagnosed with late stage III COPD – a double whammy in less than 120 days.
But here I am today, and a recent bout with both viral and bacterial infections (a write about that is still to come), reminded me of just how precious everyday living is. While I continue to work on a few things that seem to be a constant struggle (like weight and melancholy), I wake up in the mornings with a deep breath and a hearty thank you for being given another day. I gleefully acknowledge all those people that are a regular part of my life, with words of gratitude, and every night sometime before I get close to putting my head on the pillow and snuggle under the covers next to my best friend and wife, I give a moment of appreciation and gratitude to that which controls all that exists for having given me another day to breath, see, smell and feel all that life is on this great gift of earth.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
Want to know who ‘Lenny’ is? ‘Lenny’ is the name I gave my constant companion called COPD/Asthma. I have found that referring and dealing with my chronic illness as a companion I am less apt to get angry with it, but instead more likely to work with it like you would in a strong relationship. Besides treating anything with TLC is much better than hammering away at it as if it was an enemy.
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 with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
With that 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.