PART 2 – AVOIDING SICKNESS!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(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. – William)
Again, as I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!
As for me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
As I write my blogs, I always try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with every word that I may write.
In my on-going series, “Reflections”, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their life travels.
Today we share part two of a six-part series referencing ‘GAINING STABILITY WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES’.
Gaining stability in life when a person is battling a constant companion that any chronic illness is can be very challenging as most anyone with a chronic illness knows – things may change at the snap of the fingers.
In scouring various areas of information, ‘Gaining Stability’ to a life with a chronic illness can be done and more importantly must be done at the absolute minimum through a regular routine and awareness.
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with any chronic illness (in my case COPD and Severe Asthma) is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for gaining stability within a life with a chronic illness and they would be – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
We continue our six-part series on GAINING STABILITY to a life with a chronic illness by talking about ‘AVOIDING SICKNESS’!
GAINING STABILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS – ‘AVOIDING SICKNESS’.
We write this while being fully aware that regardless of much one may try, sometimes getting sick just happens despite all the triggers one may be watching for and guarding against.
When we talk about avoiding sickness, we are not just talking about getting a yearly flu shot and periodic pneumonia shots – we are talking about learning to avoid sickness itself! And we do emphasis that getting those yearly flu shots and periodic pneumonia shots are or should be considered a must do!
We know that avoiding sickness could be as easy as just staying home and avoiding people or public contact all together, but that would not be easy to do nor would it be a good thing to do psychologically either.
What you can and should do is be very aware of your community and what type of illnesses are going around at any one time and maybe even what age group of people are being the most affected by those illnesses.
This can be done by checking with your personal physician or medical specialist (with me it would be my pulmonologist or cardiologist), or as in many communities – just check the local media whether it be radio, television or newspapers for new-bites pertaining to local health issues.
Since it is nearly impossible to never go out, when you do go out, always pay attention to the surroundings you are in and learn to watch people. If people appear to be even the slightest bit sick in any way possible then one should be polite and just keep your distance. If you to shake someone’s hand or give them a hug, be sure to wash your hands and if you feel it may be necessary, go ahead and disinfect and/or wash your clothing.
One with any kind of chronic illness, especially one that may make their immune system weaker than normal, should always make sure the friends and family that are around their world of travels are aware of one’s issues with the immune system so that they can be considerate and think twice about being around you when they themselves may be feeling or getting sick.
If your spouse and/or family members that may live with you get to feeling even a little bit under the weather, be sure to encourage them to wash their hands regularly and if needed (especially if your health issues involves your lungs) be willing to wear a medical type mask when in the house where you reside.
Many can and will go overboard when being cautious about sicknesses, but then again when you consider the consequences if you were to get sick – depending on the severity of your chronic illness, you probably have the right to seem over cautious and almost phobic about seemingly sick people.
When fighting a daily battle with a nasty illness or disease one will learn to do what they must do to protect the precious life that they have.
And when others do not or will not respect your world and the need to be clear of any possible sickness, then you must be honest with them and let them know that if they are not willing to work with you, then as much as you may not want to do it, your chronic illness may not give you any other choice than to avoid them when they are showing any sign of sickness, even when they make the attempt to see you.
OUR REFLECTION REACTION QUESTION – – What is it that you do in your routines to help do a solid job of protecting yourself and your health issues on a daily basis to hopefully keep from getting sick?
It you would like to reflect your response to our Reflection Reaction Question – please leave a comment in the section at the bottom of this posting or email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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