(‘Lenny’ & Me is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)
There I go, working hard to get back into a regular routine of my COPD website wheezingaway.com, and the first week out I fall apart because I fell into my stubbornly stupid frame of mind.
Why stubbornly stupid – because last week I once again started feeling like my breathing just wasn’t right again and knowing last time I went to the doctor I was told to go home and try Mucinex, lots of liquids and sleep. That’s what I did and after four days of drinking as much Mucinex as legal, I was still solid congested and not getting much done with coughing spells.
Having scheduled grandson watch time on all three days of the weekend, I gutted it through to make the boys happy and my heart filled with grandkid love.
But by Monday morning I knew I was not doing well and felt very tired and very unmotivated.
By Tuesday when I woke up in the morning having trouble keeping my oxygen level above 90 or 91, and just walking around the house, getting dressed or making breakfast would drop it as low as 87. Since I had an interview to do at 1:00, I pushed for a spot at the doctor after 2:00 and was able to get in with the new young buck doctor in the house.
First thing the young doc asked was how long have I had the heart murmur, and honestly, I wasn’t sure. I do know it may have something to due with some spells I have had the past six months, but I did point out to him that I died in the emergency room from a massive heart attack five and one-half years ago.
Took him no time at all to realize I was having difficulties and asked if I had ever used steroids before. I almost laughed, as years ago when working in two factory jobs – it seemed like I was on a reducing run of prednisone every 2-3 months for much of maybe six to seven years. One of those spots in my life where I was stubbornly stupid due to a family commitment I made that later backfired.
So, the young doc said he just sent my pharmacy two prescriptions – one for azithromycin at 250mg. and one for prednisone at 20mg times 2 for five days. The one thing I know for sure is, these two meds can feel like magic and as soon as I got them home I took the first doses, followed by another dose this morning when I got up and around.
As stubbornly stupid as I was about going to the doctor any earlier than I did, I was stubbornly thrilled to feel the meds begin doing their job by the time I hit a mid-afternoon nap.
The lesson after all can be found in any time or stage of life if you allow it, and once again I found my lesson as being – with health issues it makes no sense to being stubbornly stupid until you reach that point of possible longer-term damage, so cut through the pride and remember there is a reason why they are doctors.
And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ and me are 4 today.
In case you don’t know or remember, ‘Lenny’ is the name I gave my constant companion called COPD/Asthma as I have found that making my chronic illness like a companion, then I will be less apt to get angry with it and realize I must continue to work at it to make it stay as healthy as possible.
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.