Battles/Acceptance – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(March 23)

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What better way to share with others by own daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some of my daily words and thoughts that bring me hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Most of the battles

Of life are won

By looking beyond the clouds

To the sun.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day we need to accept that we have our own personal battle with something (for many of us it is an uninvited disease) which if allowed can and will kick our can.  By accepting our battle and looking beyond the clouds that may come with it and strive for the faith, hope and grace in the sunshine ahead – then we will find peace in our days and within those in the world around us.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

 

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Another Diet, What Fun?

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Food--Cooking--004 Yep it is time for me to look at my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and get serious about what’s ahead, look at what is now behind and stay serious about part of my therapy in which I put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

That responsibility in my battle is to talk about my travels with ‘Lenny’ and share with others with the hope that maybe, just maybe, I will reach even one other person whom may read what I share and realize they are not alone.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

First of all I will share that after nearly 16 days of fighting whatever got into my lungs, for the first time in that time period I feel like normal today – or at least as normal as I can get with my health issues.  Now on to ‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today.

You will hear and see people discusses how some folks with COPD/Asthma may have problems keeping weight on while others will have the opposite and always seem to be fighting to get the weight down – which are you?

Since my massive heart attack 3 ½ years ago and then my diagnoses of late Stage III COPD three months later I continue to have a struggle with getting the weight off.

At first I was concerned about changing my eating habits, you know like adding a lot more vegetables and fruits to a diet that didn’t have anywhere near enough – but that actually proved to be an easy part (I even cut out all soda).  My problem is I just can’t seem to get that excess stuff off around my belly area.

Oh yes I have tried a few different diets and even have made my physician happy by simply putting in extra effort in watching my portion sizes – and yet it still wasn’t enough as I would lose 10 pounds and then turn around and in two days seemingly put it back on.

So the other day I ran across what is called the ‘3-Day Military Diet’ and looked it over and said I can do that, although I am finding the amount of water to drink is even close to being beyond my threshold of comfort.

As I work the routine I am surprised to find myself more satisfied than I thought I might be and I also realize that maybe throughout the whole week if I did a much better job at portioning (and I’m talking about measuring out everything I eat) that maybe this ‘3-Day Military Diet’ is just an example of proper portioning even though some may say extreme.

Now as I work this diet while also trying to keep myself on the routine of 15-30 minutes a day minimum on the stationary bike and 10-15 minutes of a mixture of planking, shadow boxing and Tai Chi that maybe this diet could almost be used in variance all week long – with some minor adjustments, like no crackers for four days of the week.  We are now in the official ‘let’s see what happens mode’.

So if any of you souls that actually read my ramblings have any ideas or suggestions when it comes to getting weight off – I am all ears and eyes.

And that my friends sums up where ‘Lenny’ and I are at for today.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: 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 and more medical founded information.

As always – 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.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Oh No an Exacerbation!!

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Health--AsthmaAndCOPD Changing things up here as I continue my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) as I know I need to get more serious about what’s ahead for me and that includes being more serious about my therapy for which part of my therapy of sorts is to put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

That responsibility for my battle is to talk about my travels with ‘Lenny’ and share with others with the hope that maybe, just maybe, I will reach even one other person whom may read what I share and realize they are not alone.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

With COPD/Asthma at the level many of us have we must always be aware of our prospects of having an exacerbation, and did I get one bad bout.

Normally when ‘Lenny’ decides to throw me a reminder that my COPD/Asthma is alive and well, it is a bout with SOB (Short of Breath) and with some deep breathing, relaxation exercises I can normally work out of it in a short period of time.

But about ten days ago I started feeling like something was coming on and I got hit hard with some kind of lung thing.  Calling the doctor on Thursday last week, because I did not have a fever and was not really coughing anything up yet they told me to rest and drink lots of liquids (which I do both of very well daily).

Well by the time I hit the weekend I was miserable, couldn’t walk through the house without running out of energy and the worst – I was getting those major coughing attacks where ‘Lenny’ just would not let go of that phlegm stuff without making me feel like I had just been tackled by the whole defense of the Denver Broncos.

Needless to say by the time Monday morning rolled around I was one miserable feeling fellow and was so glad to know I could get in to at least see someone.  My oxygen levels would drop below 90 with just about anything I would do and you combine that with those exacerbation coughs I was, well you may have been there so you know just how miserable I was.

Doctor gave me a ten day run of the antibiotic ‘augmentin’ as well as a five day run of 20 mg. of prednisone.  It took a couple of days, but today I finally was able to get back on the exercise bike for a couple of 15-minute pedals and boy did that feel good.

One truth to know is that I have been blessed to have such a supportive wife as she was always willing to give me some lengthy back and/or chest massages which help a lot in loosening up some of the mess in my lungs.

So for now I am back on the road to normal (as normal as my lungs will get) and that for my household is a sense of major relief.

But the one lesson out of this last 10 days has been – never let the guard down on ‘Lenny’ and always be aware of what is needed to get a quick hold of any bout of exacerbations.

So that pretty much sums up where I have been, why I have been somewhat silent, again!

And that my friends says where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: 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 and more medical founded information.

As always – 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.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Working on Those Routines & Changes

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Reflections--LifeIsLikeAFight As much as I like to change things up, many days I am reminded that life itself is similar to my battles with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) in that every day is a new day and every day seemingly does not go as hopefully planned.  It just seems that the more I plan to get something done or accomplished, or plan with great expectations a new or better routine – life, like ‘Lenny’, just does not want to cooperate as we would like.   Sometime that lack of cooperation is unexpected and totally out of our hands, while sometimes or should I say many times the changes or un-cooperativeness will come from my own shortcomings at sticky to my own schedules or routines.

The only thing I do know is that I must do better at keeping those plans, schedules or routines which I so thoughtfully have put together, because if I do not, then I will only get agitated with myself which in turn always seems to cause things to not get done as I had hoped or planned, or ‘Lenny’ will feel the stress from within myself and decide it is time to run me on a half or full day of dealing with S.O.B. (short of breathe).

One thing which I want and try so hard to do, is to get back into my regular schedule/routine of sharing my COPD/Asthma travels and how it may or may not be affecting the period or miles in my life over a few days to a week’s time.

I feel the need to share on a regular basis so that my travels with ‘Lenny’ can possible give others hope in their own battles with COPD/Asthma and maybe, just maybe I will reach even one other person, a person that will read what I share and realize they are not alone in this battle.

Recently I shared in a post that I was going to work hard on one of my weakest links – getting regular exercise and working on getting my weight down, both which would help much in my battle with ‘Lenny’.

How am I doing – well for the most part I belly flopped for several weeks and then here just after the first of the year it clicked, not sure why or how, but I was suddenly understanding the realization of how doing some sort of daily exercise while watching my food portions would make life physically more livable.  So for two solid weeks I have averaged at least 35-45 minutes a day/6 days a week on my exercise bike, doing a 5-10 minute routine of Tai Chi/TaeBo/Shadow Boxing and then finding three small Tupperware type containers to religiously portion out my food intake at meals and be much aware of any snacks, making those celery with peanut butter, an apple, a small 8-ounce smoothie or something along those lines.  And much to my happiness I have lost seven pounds, feel less irritable, have more energy (most days, ‘Lenny’ still has a say in that) and am sleeping a whole lot better.

So kudos to me……remember everybody, we must be willing to give ourselves kudos for the positive things we do because we all know we can’t always count on others.

I am also working extra hard on changing my writing and computer time to try and maximize the time instead of feeling like I am just spinning my wheels.  A by-product of this will mean more consistency in my sharing here on wheezingaway.com, trying to get back to how I was doing a year ago with postings at least 4-5 times a week instead of so sporadically.

Hopefully many have noticed my “Today’s Thought, Word and Hope”, a posting I have started within my blog of Wheezing Away as a way to not only to keep myself positive but to help others get through those days which seem a bit glim sometimes.

Okay this posting has become much longer than I originally planned, but apparently I did have something to say.   So stay tuned as I will share again in a few days as my life has lots going on, lots to learn and yep want to catch up to those who shared their prayers and blessings about how my COPD/Asthma has or is being affected by a stressful family situation that involves grandparents raising a grandkid and an adult child literally fighting for her life against the addiction of cigarettes and drugs.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: 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 and more medical founded information.

As always – 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.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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TODAY’S (January 21) THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE!!

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Reflections--Freedom--002 In recollecting about my daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma I was rummaging through some stuff (and I have lots of stuff) and I ran across a collection of writings I had from Helen Steiner Rice which are touching, thoughtful and reminders of what we should be doing and not so much what we should not be doing.

What better way to share than with words of hope and renewal as we fight this unrelenting and frustrating illness of COPD/Asthma.

So here you have:

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

God truly loves you,

Come what may…

He will lead you and protect you

Every step along life’s way!

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of my enemies; make straight your way before me.  (Psalms 5:8 – NIV)

THE HOPE – for today when we may seek a solution to a possible perplexing situation, may we have confidence in taking the most difficult step – which is always the very first step.

‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – Post Thanksgiving Thoughts

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Health--COPD--BreathingDeeplyIsFree The month of November has long come and gone which means it is no longer COPD Awareness Month and I am kicking myself for not taking, making or finding the time to talk and promote more about this disease.

Thanksgiving has come and gone as well and yes I did find, take and make time to be thankful for what I do have including family, a caring wife, grandkids and just the opportunity to still get up each morning to enjoy the grass, flowers, trees, blue sky, clouds, sunlight, the breeze and much more.

When you travel life with a sidekick like ‘Lenny’ (in case you don’t know that is my name I have given to my COPD/severe asthma) who at any time can flare up and remind you of the true depth of your incurable disease of COPD you treasure those days of good and learn to work through and past those days in which ‘Lenny’ flares up and makes your day a road of rough travels.

I enjoy sharing with you all where I am at and maybe how myself and ‘Lenny’ may or may not be doing with life and my own COPD/Asthma travels.

This season of ‘Thanksgiving’ was different as it offered to me opportunity, the opportunity to have some solid time with my second youngest grandkid as he came to stay with us for five full days.

The story behind the why of him being here has to do with his mother (our middle daughter) continues to fight a sometime losing battle with addictions and was spending time in a rehab place again – so while Colton is staying most of the time with my wife’s ex-husband (Colton’s grandpa) we offered to take him for a few days to give his other grandpa a break.

It was an experience of pure enjoyment and enlightenment as I for one had not in Colton’s 9 ½ years ever had the opportunity to watch him by myself, and I got that opportunity several times and the bonding was awesome.

Colton reminds us of what it means to be polite as he always is, example of coming into my computer room and having the following discussion:

“Papa Bill can I bother you with a question?”

“Sure Colton, anytime – what can I do for you?”

“Papa Bill can I read share with you some jokes?”

“Of course, fire away”

And he promptly pulled out three books and went through many pages and found like four or five jokes, all of which were kind of silly but he made me smile and laugh if anything just because of how he asked me.

Colton was even a delightful surprise when all his nine cousins showed up for about thirty minutes, or long enough for this Papa to get some grandkid pictures (first time all ten were in one spot at one time in over 3 ½ years) and he just struck up a chat with some of them and even got into a tickling match with his Uncle Tony – something which might not have happened even just a year ago and this Papa was thrilled.

Yes, it was a delight and despite being a little short of breath at times (most of which I can blame on probably eating too much and stuff I shouldn’t be eating) the time went by fast and before we knew it Colton had returned to Grandpa John’s and our home was once again empty except for the sound of just the two of us.

So as ‘Lenny’ for the most part behaved or was kept at bay for most of the Thanksgiving season making it possible for me to appreciate my Thanksgiving – bonding with the grandson I’ve seen so little, the short time with all 10 grandkids in one spot at one time, no black Friday turmoil and most of all time to be thankful for all I do have at this point in my life.

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN *** An all-star in sharing her continued fight with her own COPD battle.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: 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 and more medical founded information.

As always – 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.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – Thanksgiving Thankfulness

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Health--Breathe--002 When you travel life with a sidekick like ‘Lenny’ who at any time can flare up and remind you of the true depth of your incurable disease of COPD you many days find it difficult to say thank you for anything more than a few minutes of good breathing.

I once again share where I am at and maybe how myself and ‘Lenny’ may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

Today is ‘Thanksgiving’ here in the United States and while many now use it to buy those great deals of more stuff that most of us do not really need – it is truly a day that we should be saying thank you for what we have.

Bouncing around on facebook is a great line that says something to the effect that ‘Black Friday is an American special where so many fight tooth and nail over things they really do not need just one day after spending time celebrating and saying thanks for all the things they do have’.  What an observation that is.

This year my Thanksgiving has a special meaning as the date which it falls on is also the 3-year anniversary of my life, my chance to live again, my survival of a massive heart attack in which my life did go silent for a few minutes in time.

So this year I have not only an opportunity to be thankful but an opportunity to celebrate.

So as I celebrate my life I know it can not be done without also saying thanks to and for so many.

Thankful for my wife who has stood by me literally through thick and thin, sickness and health while all the while giving me encouragement and that reminder that we still have 40+ years of life together to travel.

Thankful for my doctors – my regular physician, my pulmonologist, my cardiologist and the staff that supports them – they all have guided me, been stern with me, been pleased with me and most of all have been absolutely focused on making my life with COPD/Asthma as good as possible.

Thankful for my kids, all five of them plus spouses, for most of the time they remember to check on me when they can, plan time together with memories to last forever and to also make me feel like – I did okay.

Thankful for my grandkids, which numbers 10 plus one due to arrive in June.  These very special gifts of life make me feel loved, make me feel accepted even when ‘Gramps’ acts goofy and most of all are quick to remind me if ‘Gramps’ is doing or eating something he should not be doing.

Thankful for ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma), for ‘Lenny’ has taught me to live every day one day at a time and somedays one breath at a time.  ‘Lenny’ has given me a reason to look at the positive, throw out the negative, to love not hate, to trust not distrust, to keep my smiles from turning to frowns and to always have that one thought that works at nothing but to keep me breathing one breath at a time.

My thankfuls could go on and on and on, but the time is getting late and the morning will come early with busy things to get done and celebrating to celebrate.

While today here in the boundaries which I live it is called ‘Thanksgiving’, I know that the thankfulness of thanksgiving should be part of our daily routine each and every day of life itself.

Now let us all remember that November is ‘COPD AWARENESS MONTH’ – so take time today to share your story, to educate others and to be grateful for all you do have.

‘Lenny’ and I once again make a vow to continue to share our story of life with COPD/Asthma while also sharing those things we learn about the conditions with the hope that at least each time we share – a minimum of one person gets it, understands it and passes it on.

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN *** An all-star in sharing her continued fight with her own COPD battle.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: 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 and more medical founded information.

As always – 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.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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