Today I begin a two, or three, or even a four-part set that will discuss my willingness to push the envelope on things I can, should or shouldn’t do, and the results of the consequences found for both myself and my lung friend ‘Lenny’ during these ‘pushing the envelope moments’.
Part one deals with finally taking the bull by the horn and working on our front yard, a job for which we have spent nearly $1,000 for others to do and the result has been the same – crap for a yard, with dandelions and crabgrass patched throughout.
Since I am not supposed to do a lot of work in the yard due to allergies, plus those pesky breathing issues found from having COPD and severe Asthma, I struggle with letting others do the job – as I have in the past taken three yards and turned them into plush green carpets of grass that feel oh so good to a set of bare feet running through it.
With this idea in mind of doing it ourselves, the wife and I traveled to a nearby hardware store and picked up a couple of bags of the stuff called Scott’s Turf Builder – Weed and Feed. We pulled out the cheap little plastic push seeder, emptied out the leftover grass seed from a year or so ago, and filled it with enough for the front yard.
This whole time the wife was so worried about dust bellowing up from the weed and feed as it tumbled from the bag down into the seeder, while I, being the stubborn person I am, just poured it in while taking as few breaths as possible and set the seeder so it was ready to go.
We proceeded to weed and feed the front yard and called it an evening, with plans to get the bigger backyard done on maybe Sunday. I did walk a few times up and down the front lawn before giving away to the wife while I stood at the other end each time with hopes she could keep a straight line.
Now with my COPD and severe Asthma, plus allergies which I know may claim some of the weeds, this whole thing may not have been such a great idea. But instead of thinking of the consequences – I was more frustrated about not being able to do the whole thing myself, so that I could remake the experiences in the past of turning a crap yard into a plush green carpet.
How did ‘Lenny’ do with all this, ok for the most part until I got up this morning with sinuses filled up and coughing up more junk than I have in a while.
Sure, I took an allergy pill, but I hate those because sometimes they make my lungs more of a mess, but despite that prospect I did take one and have on the agenda before bed the note to take another.
‘Lenny’ could’ve caused more of a problem, but he didn’t. I could have made more of a mess with my health, but instead I listened to my instructions I have filed from books, doctors and my wife – and I swallowed my pride a bit and only did what I could do without messing up what I had.
That pretty much sums up, ‘pushing the envelope’ part one – dealing with yardwork that can make you sick, sick.
The other parts of ‘pushing the envelope’ will arrive soon as I have a city celebration to work through, a huge outside car show I want to take in and pile up the pictures on my camera, and a long drive up and back to be part of a three-day celebration for my oldest granddaughter’s graduation. Oh, there is another spot where we will push the envelope – but is will be a surprise of either great happiness or great irritation that you all will just have to wait and read about somewhere in the final week of May.
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.