‘A BIG STEP OUT – A STEP BACK’

By Mr. William

This past couple of weeks has seen a really big step out or forward, while also feeling as if we took a step back as well.

Let’s talk about the step back first.

The past two weeks, or since just as the month of March hit the calendar, I have struggled to breathe or at least felt as such whenever I tried to do much of anything very physical.

I say felt as such because many times while I felt as if I was struggling for a breath, my oxygen level would still be at 90 – 92 and then rise to 94 in a quick fashion.

I also could feel myself coughing more and coughing up little bits of muck though none seemed to be any of those nasty lime green colors. But for me to be coughing much at all would be a change from normal.

From feeling fatigued, to having a major swelling of my right ear area and a spot on my head that when touched would send a sharp pain down into my neck as if I had hit a nerve, I made an appointment to see my regular physician.

Disappointment is the word I brought home from that visit as I felt for the first time ever that my doctor was not taking me seriously and was pushing me as if whatever was going on was not necessarily serious. On top of that, he questioned my idea of having a very hypoallergenic puppy in my house.

He didn’t want to hear anything about how Frosty Lou (our year-old Maltese puppy) had not been a bother since we got him late last May, so why would he be bothering me now.

My physician also seemed to want to emphasis my severe asthma over the fact that maybe my COPD has taken a step forward in its progression. All of which led me to a morning of medical frustration and a feeling as if I was taking a step back within my workings with the medical folks.

As it is, I left the appointment with just the idea of a need to see my pulmonologist and maybe have the spot on my head removed sometime within the near future. Oh, they did take some blood to test my heart and my B12, which as it turns out I was riding very low with so now I am required to take these B12 tablets every day.

Remember my last posting about making some needed changes in my routine.

I made the changes and challenged myself to finish some short stories I was working on.

The challenge was made, the challenge was finished and as of last Wednesday I can proudly say I did something I have always wanted to try to do – I self-published a short story novelette thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing website.

I took a huge step forward for me and took a huge leap of faith.

Yep, I wrote a small book titled ‘A Bottle, A Genie, and Me’ that can now be found on Amazon.com.

In the works, I have small books/booklets that will include a couple of subjects referencing living with COPD/Severe Asthma, as well as more short stories and even some poetry.

I guess once you get the self-publishing bug it can become like an obsession, which hopefully will be a good thing. In my case, that obsession could be a plus as it is keeping me busy at staying on a routine with a daily list of things to get done – and they are now getting done!!

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.

(Copyright@2019, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

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.

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