One thing you quickly learn when having COPD/Asthma is that it is and will be unpredictable.
We have talked many times about keeping the mind, nose, and head on a swivel throughout the day, especially when being out and about, looking for any and all triggers that could possibly tick ‘Lenny’ off and send out the day into a breathing nightmare.
I also have mentioned recently about not having the best of winters this year and I truly point the finger at not having enough straight really cold days but instead have had a winter of constant temperature shifts and not much of any moisture.
Just as I was hoping that having had a pretty good ten-day run of good breathing, the weather went wild again. When that happens I literally begin to hibernate into what I call my ‘weather prison’.
Of course, living in the central plains as I do we constantly joke about who is blowing at us more – Nebraska or Oklahoma! But that is life in Kansas and these past several months it seems to be a thorn in the side of my life with COPD/Asthma. Needless to say, it is not getting much better as we hit the midway point of April.
A good example came just in the past two days when my son wanted to have me join him and one of my grandsons for a quick bite to eat at a local fast food place. Never shying away from time with the grandkids I said yes of course, despite having just finishing some fine leftover Italian Meatballs.
I got some shoes on and grabbed my light jacket and hat, found my keys and headed out the door. While it was only a breeze and not the gusty winds we seem to have a lot lately, there was apparently something in the air though because while it wasn’t much more than maybe 30 feet to the car, once I got into the car and pulled the door shut I realized that ‘Lenny’ found something to get riled up at and I knew instantly that a possible issue with breathing was possible if I didn’t make the right choice of my next move.
As much as I love my grandson and son, I also knew that going on out to the fast food place would lend me to more exposure to whatever was in the air, plus I knew that once ‘Lenny’ was acting up I would be more open to triggers from other people by the cologne or perfume they may be wearing or another customer with a lot of smoke odor in their clothes from cigarettes – both items which my history showed as very much possible triggers to get ‘Lenny’ even more upset.
So, I made the difficult choice emotionally, but the proper choice physically – I stayed home. Lucky for me, my son and grandson understood. Besides, I already knew that we would be having grandson watch on Saturday.
As for the event, once I got back in the house and took some time to just relax and concentrate on the breathing – ‘Lenny’ bounced back from being a possible pain to being the friendly companion we work at having.
The moral of today’s post is – having COPD/Asthma can and will at times put a person in what I call ‘Weather Prison’ because those of us that fight both or either of the COPD and Asthma diseases knows that weather is always a possible trigger that will always keep us on our toes.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ and Me are 4 today.
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.