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)

On top of so many other things which those of us who fight a daily battle with one or more chronic illnesses, we get hit with a monster weather front that puts much of the country, including the area for which I live, in an unusually frigid cold period of weather.

Where I live, I believe we have now gone like 12 days without the temperature getting above 20 degrees and much of the last six to eight days have had weather where the wind chill temperature either during the day or night or both has sat below zero, and we are talking not just a couple of degrees, but like a -25-35 degrees.

I grew up in the heartland of our country with the majority of my childhood being spent in Nebraska and then my teen years in southern Minnesota.

It seems to me that this could be the lenghthiest stretch of sub-freezing weather I have been around since my final winter of 1978 in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul when they went like 28 days where it never got above something like 10 degrees.

While being someone with COPD and severe Asthma on my list of chronic illnesses, you would think I would be worried and upset about this stretch, but I am not.

For years I have tried to educate people further south than the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Ohio valley that we need at least one and preferable two or three cold stretches where the weather stays below freezing for at least five days in a row.

Reason is – the cold weather clears and cleans the air.

I used to tell people down here in the heart of the country about how a Minnesota winter sometimes would feel like you could take the air and snap it like a twig it would be so cold and crisp.

While everyone is saying those with COPD and Asthma issues should avoid the cold, I have always seemed to do better during these cold stretches than say anytime during the summer when the temps would stay above 80-85.

I can say that I love the cold weather while at the same time I also know that I need to be smart when and if I go out in it. For instance, always wear a scarf around the neck that protects it while being loose enough to pull up over the mouth and nose when actually out in the open air.

We at our house keep our thermostat at 67 during the winter because my body seems to know the moment it goes over 70 and I begin to sweat.

I have literally not had any issue with Lenny for a while now (hoping by saying this I do not jinx that run) and I normally do not during the dead of winter compared to time periods during the middle of summer.

Like I said, I really do not change my routine except to remember to wear a loose sweater or hoodie in the house and as already explained dress for the times I go outside.

There it is, I do well during the coldest times of winter and am not shying of sharing it.

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.


  • How do you do during the worst and coldest times of winter?
  • What do you do to protect yourself during those times?
  • If compared to summer, which do you prefer – the dead of winter or the middle of summer?

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 wheezingaway@gmail.com 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.

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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.


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