HAVING A ROUTINE TO GET BY WITH
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)
One of my biggest downfalls is not being able to keep up routines.
That was one of the best of my working days – I routines. I had a place to be with a schedule of just how long I should be there with another set of routines within that time frame to keep my time occupied and moving forward.
The one pitfall of being disabled and not having the physical stamina to work a ‘normal’ job, with ‘normal’ set hours and days, is that I do not have any of that except what I may or can put together for myself.
Along with my many other issues such as COPD, severe Asthma, a heart issue, and occasional bouts with depression, I long ago discovered that if I had grown up in the times of today instead of the 1960’s and early 70’s – I would have most likely been diagnosed as having ‘attention deficit hyperactivity disorder’ or ADHD.
Writing this post is a good example as I should be working on a contract write that I have here on my desk, but instead I am sharing my mind as it is today.
My ADHD can become a real battle late at night as I am trying to go to sleep because that is when my mind seems to race around the walls of my brain, bouncing from one idea to another and back again.
Therefore, I normally always have some kind of a notepad with me, so that I can or should write these ideas and/or thoughts down for later reference.
For now, I do have a morning routine, something which I hold to each morning, regardless of where I am or what I may be doing.
That routine is to stretch my older feeling body to limber it up just enough to get out of bed and moving across the floor, then when I am home, I head for the dining room table where on one end we have set up a permanent placement of my nebulizing machine, my blood pressure checker, and the prickly little needle to check my blood sugars.
The nebulizer routine first thing in the morning has been a norm for me for several years as I find it a good way to clear out my lungs of any buildup of junk, I may have from the over night process of sleeping, and some mornings I seem to have a bunch of junk to cough up or clear out of my lungs. To me this is as important as anything in my life because without my breathing being in working condition for the day, my day in general will be messed up.
I always set my phone timer for eight minutes as that is approximately how long it takes for me to properly dispose of the Ipratropium solution, I suck into my lungs each morning. After I am done with the nebulizer routine, I always check my blood pressure, taking a check on my left arm first followed by a check on my right arm.
After those two steps are done, I then check my blood sugars on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The trick is to remember how long it has been since I have eaten anything to then know how to put the number under fasting, before meal, or after meal.
Everyone in a while I will take a blood sugar check in the afternoons, but not very often as the most recent time span of six months nearly all my levels have fallen within the frame my blood sugar checker says it should.
From that point on it sometimes become a crapshoot, especially since my puppy keeps me up a lot at night and I then feel like a short late morning nap to try and catch up on sleep and the puppy loves to curl up between my legs on my recliner.
I am constantly making out daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly checklists for the past 10 years and very seldom seem get them checked off in good fashion.
Currently I have a checklist for this week and so for today, midway through the afternoon I only have one thing checked off – this write for ‘Lenny & Me’.
I still have time to catch up, but the one thing looming over everything is a contract write which I am having many issues with in trying to be motivated enough to not only write it, but just getting started.
So, for now, this is where ‘Lenny and Me’ are at for today, thankfully ‘Lenny’ is not causing any issues today to complicate my routine issues any more than I already have.
Now is the time for the QUESTION OF THE MOMENT.
QUESTION OF THE MOMENT TODAY IS:
- What is your routine each day, not only to help battle your own chronic illness? Do you have issues with staying in your routines and if so, what do you do to solve those issues?
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.