MOVING FORWARD IN 2021
By Mr. William
“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.” (Will Dursens)
Last week I discussed how I felt like I was grasping mortality after the passing of my father.
This week I continue working on a game plan for 2021 for not only my chronic illnesses of severe asthma, COPD, heart, and mental issues – but also for my life in general and most importantly my writing and communicating.
WHAT’S NEXT is exactly the question running through my mind a lot this past week as I realize I am already heading into the second full week of the new year and yet I still am struggling putting things together to help make 2021 an awesome year no matter what may be going on around me.
Maybe I should break down everything to parts of my life, such as health, writing, family, and faith.
Just those four items can pretty much sum up my life when I stop and really think about it.
My HEALTH – when you have lung and heart issues it is extremely important to watch and follow a solid diet plan. For me that means limiting my sodium and saturated fat intake. I have also found over the past couple of years that the less red meat I eat helps my inner system work much better, which is why our house eats lots of turkey, chicken, and tuna.
I got way out of bounds on my diet in the past month due to the holidays and of course being out of normal schedule while being out of town taking care of my Dad. I have paid what I hope is just a short term price for doing so and by watching my diet the past six days, my weight and body feel is getting back to normal.
My HEALTH – when you have lung and heart issues as a combination it makes it more difficult to get proper exercise much of the time as many of you readers know. What I am doing and trying my darndest to do is a series of isometric moves when watching television as it helps keep my upper body built up a bit while at the same time when I do them properly, it gets my heart pumping like it should.
I have an exercise bike which lately, much due to be out of town dealing with my father, has been sitting in the corner of my bedroom gathering dust. An exercise bike which I know I absolutely must do better at using several times a week. At my best times I was getting two to three runs of 10-15 minutes on that bike at least three to four times a week, but unfortunately every time I would get a week or two of that schedule – my COPD and/or severe asthma would act up.
My HEALTH – the biggest concern is my heart as due to my heart attack eight years ago I have a corner of it that will never pump the same ever again. Now I have developed a little glitch in a heart valve and maybe even some irregular heartbeat symptoms. Guess that is why I am having an echocardiogram on the ticker this coming Wednesday.
My HEALTH – those sometimes rather lengthy days of depression which keep me from getting anything accomplished at anything. I am giving more effort at this point of doing daily meditations and times of complete silence to talk to myself, to encourage myself, and to try my best not to sleep back into those trips as they at times could be frightening.
My WRITING – I am giving it my most attention as I do not want to let my readers/followers down this next 12 months. I have set myself a weekly checklist of what I want to write each week and for whom or what as I have websites about Chronic Health issues – wheezingaway.com; my writing adventures with crossdovewriters.com; a website about low-sodium cooking and eating at talkingfoodwithpapabill.com/blog/; plus, my website for the county schools and small businesses in my area of living.
On top of that I need to make some extra money to go with my disability so I pick up occasional journalism projects though those are becoming scarce due to the fact that I can’t go out and physically talk to people most of the time.
My FAMILY – something which at times I need to give much more attention, especially to the wife for all she does with putting up with me and my health issues. Giving her more quality time also helps keep the peace between us and our five kids, 10 grandkids and three great grandkids.
My FAITH – growing up a preacher’s kid you would think I would not struggle with this, but I do. I honestly think I have only read the bible through once in my life, so I am making that a task to accomplish in 2021.
Do not get me wrong, I have a tremendous amount of faith, love, hope and grace, I just do not always use it when and where I should.
So, for now that is where Lenny and I are at for today.
By the way, as a reminder, Lenny is the name I have given my lung and health issues as I have found that giving my chronic health issues a name also gave me a better sense on communicating to and about it. Something which I suggest others should maybe try if they struggle with dealing with their chronic health issues, because giving it a name means I feel amazingly comfortable talking, screaming, cussing, or even praising it as I travel my roads of life.
Now is the time for the QUESTION OF THE MOMENT.
QUESTION OF THE MOMENT TODAY IS:
- Do you have a game plan for 2021 ready and written out? Is it a reasonable game plan, one that you have confidence in getting worked?
A REMINDER – Do you have any comments or questions about my postings, then feel free to leave a comment on either at this blog, at the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/copdtravels/.
ALWAYS REMEMBER (because I have COPD and severe Asthma) – 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.
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.