‘FROM THE HEART and BEYOND’
By Mr. William
Once again, I have gotten busy with life and missed several weeks of postings on how life is going with ‘Lenny and Me’, with ‘Lenny’ of course being my Severe Asthma/COPD disease.
As a quick catch up on why I call my disease by a name such as ‘Lenny’ – it’s because I believe if I give my disease a name then I will be comfortable in battling it as if I was dealing with a sometime unfriendly opponent in life, of which my Severe Asthma/COPD is, an unfriendly opponent within my path of life. As for ‘Lenny’, that was the nickname folks called my late mother-in-law, Leonora, plus she battled emphysema in her final years of life so she knew the battle one would have with a lung disease.
Last time I posted I was getting ready with much anxiousness to have a heart procedure done to check the little blockage my cardiologist found at a timely stress test done earlier in the month of May.
Let me tell you, the ‘heart cath’ was quick and before I knew it, I was back in the room waiting for the doctor to let me know what he thinks he found. I waited, and waited, and waited, until the nurse came in and finally announced that since they were getting ready to shut down the out-patient ward for the day, that I could get dressed and go home.
What? Go home, but I never talked to my cardiologist?
They will talk to you soon she responded. Soon, what do you mean soon as I thought I was getting some results today, after going through the procedure.
Then I got my wits back in line and realized that if they were sending me home, then maybe the doctor didn’t find anything severe enough to plop me in over night in order to have a further procedure the next day or two.
I asked the nurse just that – if I am going home does that mean I can presume the doctor didn’t find anything major to worry about at this time? She smiled and said most likely that would be a pretty good presumption.
So, dressed I got and home I went, only to wait another eight days before finally hearing back from the nurse at my cardiologist office saying that not enough blockage was found to make any additional work necessary and that I should continue with what I have been doing, try and get that weight down and check back with the doctor in maybe November.
Well that was a relief of my mind, now I could concentrate on bigger and better things for me such as an all-star football game and a couple of weekend trips to see family and friends.
Best part of getting the procedure done was now I would be free to feel comfortable enough to drive two-and-one-half hours to see my oldest grandson play in the annual state high school shrine football game, an honor of which this grandpa was not going to miss!!
For those that might care, my grandson played poorly in the first half when they had him playing out of position, but when he spent the whole fourth quarter playing center – he did outstanding, including an opportunity or two to pancake block a young man destined for Division I college football. Not bad for being the eight-man football representative on his 11-man football squad!!
Since then I have just gotten caught up in various life things that have kept me from writing like I would always plan to do – things like being given some non-sports writes to do for the local paper (of which I do much appreciate even if they did make me take a cut in pay per story), and my continued life-long battle with procrastination.
Guess I could put some blame on a couple of weeks after the heart procedure where I had a lot of trouble getting over the pain in the groin area where they poked me and that bit of a summer cold which I seemed to have caught and had a struggle with conquering – but I won’t because I still could’ve been doing more writing than I was getting done but didn’t due to the second reason listed above.
People who don’t fight it, don’t understand how much procrastination can and will destroy a life or livelihood if you allow it to!!
So, as I press forward toward a three or four day visit to my old stomping grounds of childhood, I once again make that pledge as to not procrastinate and keep my story of ‘Lenny and Me 4 Today’ rolling along like it should be.
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.