By Mr. William
I have mentioned at times and will most likely refer to it again in the future, that my Mom used to comment that I was like a human barometer in that listening to me breath with my severe asthma could many times give her an idea about the weather currently or approaching.
Now that I also have a battle with Stage III COPD along with my severe Asthma, as an adult I understand much to well what she meant by that.
As we near the end of the summer and school returns for kids and teachers, the temperatures also get a bit more sporadic as too rising and lowering between the 80 and 95 degrees. With that also comes changes in both the barometric pressure but the humidity as well and in our part of the country we have many days in which we find moisture built up on our windows as we open the blinds or drapes in the mornings.
For those who battle COPD/Asthma, humidity is a well-known trigger along our daily roads of life and many times, humidity alone can dictate as to just how much time we will have to spend outside.
But then we must also consider the humidity in the house or our living space as well and I would bet that most of us that battle COPD/Asthma daily – have a dehumidifier. I know I do and this time of the year it seems to be in the mode of needing to have its condensation bucket emptied daily if not nor more.
Just like outside, high humidity can lead to an increase in common indoor triggers like air pollutants like dust mites, bacteria, viruses and even mold.
Most physicians or pulmonologists that I have asked reference 40-45% as the ideal level of indoor and outdoor humidity for those of us battling COPD/Asthma.
As we begin to hit mid-spring each year, I try my best to remind myself of the seven ways that weather/air can affect my COPD/Asthma. Do you know what those seven are?
They are 1 – too hot, 2 – the perfect temperature, 3 – too cold, 4 – too humid, 5 – wind, 6 – thunderstorms, and 7 – abrupt weather/air changes!!!
These seven possibilities of weather/air are what had me apprehensive heading into last month’s trip to our family cottage in the Black Hills because they had been having excessive rains and the water in the creeks and lakes had risen to flash flood stage and then dropped down several times leading up the weekend I was there.
My conclusion is – that is what was causing my issues, as the rains had washed a lot of stuff into the creek by the cottage and when it raised and lowered, then raised and lowered a couple of more time, it left a lot of stuff (or triggers as I would call them) along the way.
When I step outside into air that holds humidity over 75%, I am near certain that any version of a lengthy stay totaling more than a few moments to go from building to car to building would leave my triggers open to an episode of SOB, shortness of breath!!
So, these last couple of weeks I have been spending a large amount of my time hunkered down in my home with my air conditioner working overtime and my dehumidifier running enough we have had to empty its bucket more than once every twenty-four hours.
Each of the past two weeks I have gone literally up to six days at a stretch without leaving the house, and a couple of days ago I ran to our local Wal-Mart for a few things and by the time I was done and in the car to return home my oxygen had dropped to 85, so I had to sit in the car in the parking lot for nearly five minutes as I did breathing exercises to get that oxygen level up to a safe spot to drive home.
It also meant that yesterday my body felt like I had run a marathon as that SOB episode, like they all do, just kicked my ass physically.
Thankfully, we now have my fluff ball companion, Frosty Lou, to keep me company as I keep busy around the house while he patiently awaits that day when once again I can break loose, grab the collar, harness and leash, and set out for at least a short walk without triggering my breathing into a major time consuming period of recuperation.
With all that said, I wonder what others battling this daily fight with COPD and/or severe Asthma are doing to keep themselves from being triggered by that one thing we have absolutely no control over – the weather?
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ and Me are 4 today.
Like always a few notes of reminders:
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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.