‘IT’S THE WEATHER?’
By Mr. William
It’s the weather is a comment heard often around our house.
It’s the weather can reference the reason we throw for anything from a stiff knee or back, a stuffy nose, a bad hair day and so many times – the response for how my breathing may be doing, especially in the mornings.
But for several reasons there may or may not be some truth to that statement, that the weather could play a part in how my battle for any day will go with fighting my COPD/Asthma.
If one were to go to google and type in ‘can the weather affect a person with COPD and/or Asthma’ you will get several pages of writings, ideas and studies answering the inquiry.
So does the weather affect a person battling COPD and/or Asthma – most likely it does, but like nearly anything else, the affect on the person is an individual happening and may be entirely different than even the friend down the street battling the same disease.
As for me, I go back to my childhood when my severe asthma was the battle I fought. I go back to those times when my Mom would ask or listen to how I was breathing and feel or act like she would then know what the weather was now or sometimes what the weather would or might be doing shortly.
I was, in her words – ‘our family barometer’!
I talk about weather due to the fact, that where I live in the heart of the United States (literally almost dead center of the country in nearly the dead center of the state of Kansas), has been like it used to be more often in years gone past.
People are whining about the cold, the increase of snow (though none have been major, two or three-foot snowfalls), and the lack of the sun shining. Those of you that may be in your 50’s or older can relate, the winters that actually lasted from Thanksgiving to sometime in the first few weeks of March. Those winters where the days of 40-50-degree temps were farther apart than they seem to have been the past 20-30 years and those bone chilling -10 to 30 degrees have happened more than a week or two worth of days.
Most winters I have done better during those cold spells and have suffered issues during those times when the weather would choose to spend a week or two bouncing between freezing and 60 degrees.
Most winters I have done better as the humidity went down and when the cold, stays cold for a longer period of time (like 10 of 12 days) it works on ridding the crap in the air.
So, this winter or at least from around Thanksgiving to here at the end of February, I have had a good winter when it comes to breathing issues. Especially when I stay near home and don’t wander around hoards of people, like shopping at Wal-Mart or going to sporting events.
It’s the weather for now because not a question, but a fact of my life and my battles with COPD and/or Asthma.
It’s the weather is not a question in my house because we know that for us, the weather is a major pro or con in our battle with COPD and/or Asthma on a daily basis, and when you know that to be a fact then you can plan for the day and make tentative plans or no plans for the days to come.
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.