PART 4 – KNOWING YOURSELF!
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 four 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 ‘KNOWING YOURSELF’!
GAINING STABILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS – ‘KNOWING YOURSELF’.
Possible one of the most important points of necessity for keeping stability in your daily battle with any type of health issue, and especially a chronic illness, is to ‘KNOW YOURSELF’.
Take a couple of questions common among those with lung issues:
- When asked, can you describe with utmost accuracy how, when and why you get those nasty bouts of SOB (Short of Breath) episodes?
- Do you really know when you can expect a possible coughing spell because of anything that may have just happened in or around your path of life?
Or another popular question of those with a chronic illness:
- Are you aware of any, and all changes in your skin color, comfort level in joints and movements or your ability of being able to eat and sleep?
If you feel comfortable answering any of these kinds of questions, than kudos for you. This means you are doing a good job of being aware of you, your physical being and where the daily battle with your chronic illness is that you participate in.
The greatest help we can be to ourselves and our physicians or medical specialists is to have the ability to describe with accuracy any and all that is or may be going on with our daily physical living.
Many folks with a chronic illness may keep a daily or weekly journal of their travels and you know what – that is a great idea!!
Write things down, things like when you have a coughing spell, when you get short of breath, when you get a bloody nose from dry humidity, when you get headaches or even those times you just plain get that feeling of being tired and/or exhausted.
Did you know that if you write down those times when anything changes in your physical well-being, noting when things happen, how they happen and possible what may have caused them to happen – then you can and will most likely begin to see a track record of telling tales that will give you and all those who take these travels with you such as family members, caretakers and medical folks much needed insight on the causes and results of your daily habits, routines and schedules.
Whether or not you keep a written physical journal, it is of the utmost importance that you still work at always being aware of yourself and the daily world going on around you.
Knowing ourselves will help bring us closer to becoming our own best friend and caretaker while keeping us from less likely repeating some of those bigger bumps that may have caused simple or major commotions in our daily lives.
Besides, getting to really know yourself and your habits, routines and schedules while being aware of most if not all those things that may trigger negativity with your chronic illness, is like becoming your own very best friend and that is always a whole lot better than being your own worst enemy!
Our REFLECTION QUESTION(s) FOR TODAY:
- What measures do you take to keep a track record of any negative flare ups involving your chronic illness?
- Do you make it a point to share these track records with your caretaker, physician and/or medical specialist?
- Have your made yourself your own best friend by knowing your physical well being or can you be your own worst enemy?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
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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