As mentioned previously, I have not had a very good few months – always fighting a breathing issue, feeling run down and losing motivation. Plus, as I stated – I was being stubbornly stupid.
Now that the azithromycin and prednisone has taken a solid hold of whipping my lungs back into a more normal breathing state of mind, ‘Lenny’ has now decided to finish off the job by clearing the stuff that apparently has become embedded into the deepest, darkest spots of my breathing machine.
And that means coughing, coughing the gunk up and out of these damaged lungs of mine.
As most all of that suffer from a lung illness or disease, the coughing can be an irritant or can be a ‘thank goodness it is happening’, and these coughs that ‘Lenny’ has spewed out the past few days – are the ‘thank goodness it is happening’ type.
In no way does this mean I enjoy those rough, deep coughing spasms that literally can shake every muscle and bone in your upper body are totally enjoyable – but knowing that it means my lungs are finishing out the process of getting the current round of gunk out, then I can bear with it.
Unless you have spent a lifetime of dealing with these kind of coughs, most just do not understand how we can tell the difference between types of coughing spasms, if only they could spend a couple of days in my shoes.
Thankfully, I do have a wife who has learned that during these really spasm filled coughing episodes, being quiet and offering or just doing a rubbing of the back and shoulders can be a huge help in getting through the episode without causing pulled muscles or sore bones.
Most folks do not realize how much a few of those coughing spells can take out of someone physically and mentally, to the point where many times from the coughing episode you immediately go into a nap or rest period to calm the trauma of the spasm down.
In my opening I used the word ‘Love’ with these coughing episodes, and maybe that might be a bit of a stretch – but knowing where my breathing and energy was at just a week ago, and seeing where my breathing and energy was heading after getting some medicinal help…..I can, from experience, call these unbelievably rough coughing episodes something to almost love having because I know that having them means, my ‘Lenny’ is cleaning house in the darkest spots of my valuable breathing machine we call our lungs.
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.
Have you ever been checked for Bronchiectasis, a diagnosis that is common among COPD/asthma patients? It can be treated with vest therapy, which can drastically improve your quality of life.
Nope, never heard of it…..may have to ask pulmonologist about it in a couple of weeks when I see him….thanx…