Living Today – – Visions of Victories

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your day as I have within mine…..

The Word – “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)

The Thought – What is it you see ahead of you?  Do you only see the bumps in the road of the past or can you envision the sunny, rainbow filled days ahead?

So many times, especially if you battle daily with a disability or chronic illness, we get caught up in the emotional draining days when life just appears to be much too overwhelming to take even a couple of steps forward into the future.

These are the times when we must keep our eye on the prize, our eye on the positives that surround us in our daily living.

Positives such as family, friends, quality doctors, green grass, blue skies, fluffy clouds, singing birds, flowers to admire and sniff – get my drift, the positives that surround us in each, and every day – and don’t forget we can still breath and as we all know ‘without a breath to take, we are without life itself’.

So, what are the victories that we should be seeing, that may be the question some will be asking.

Those of us with the unknown prospect of having to possible fight a daily battle with our illness or disability, looking for those victories can seem difficult.

Yet for many of those positive reasons already given, we can and should always be looking ahead with the vision on the victories that lie ahead, such as the love of family and friends or maybe a positive, uplifting medical caretaker giving us just a smile and cherry good-morning.

We of us with those known battles lying ahead, it is all the more important reason as to why we must learn and train our thoughts and feelings to constantly be looking at the victories that can await ahead of us as we continue to travel the life path we may be on.

Of course, beyond the visible visions of victories we may be able to see, it is also the invisible vision of victories that we can find when we take the time in our daily meditations/prayers and chats with the Great Spirit.  The close relationship we should have with our Great Spirit can and should always guide us to seeing the vision of victories that lay ahead through hope, faith, love and grace.

Let’s go forth and see daily both the visible and invisible visions of victory found through the visible and invisible hope, faith, love and grace that is offered to us.

The Meditation/Prayer – Great Spirit, we continue to thank you for all the visions of victory you surround us with as we travel life perched on the great gift of earth itself.  We thank you for the people, places and things which are offered to us in our travels to make for a safe and gracious path if we so choose.  As always, Great Spirit, we humbly seek your guidance as we seek to do better at having our vision on the victories that will lay ahead of us, no matter the challenges or battles that we ensue.  We know that with the invisible friendship and teachings of the Great Spirits that we will always have the visible visions of hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

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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)

 

‘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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TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE!!

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(February 4)

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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:

Unless we think we’re better

Than the Father up above,

Let us forgive our sisters and brothers

In understanding love.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;  I will pay the man back for what he has done.”  (Proverbs 24:29 NIV)

THE HOPE – we need and/or should seek to forgive and forget actual or imagined hurts that may have come our way.

 

 

‘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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‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – Becoming a Month to Remember

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Health--COPD-Awareness  Ever seem to find life just passing you by and looking over your shoulder and realizing what did and more important what did not get done over a day, week, month or year worth of time?  I can say for sure I have way too many of these.

But here I am over halfway through November and realizing just how important this month is for my friend ‘Lenny’ and myself as it is COPD AWARENESS MONTH and I realize I am not carrying my share of the load or my promise I made in the past which was to keep on top of it, learn about it, remind others about it and most importantly – make others aware of this eventually deadly disease and all that it entails.

So as you can see already I am changing things up by not starting “’Lenny’ & Me 4 Today” out with my normal two or three paragraph reminder of how I got here and why it is important to me to share – – I’m pretty sure most of you that read me already know this by now, though I will once in a while remind us all.

But for 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.

November is COPD Awareness Month – – Remember ‘Without Breathing, One is Without Life’…….

My month so far has had some medical notes to share and some family issues to think about.

Yep I had my six-month check-up with my cardiologist and they seem to be pleased with how I sounded and how my pacemaker is working, all of which says I do not need to come back for a year – – can we get a hip-hip-hooray!!

Last week I meet with my pulmonologist and yep, you guessed it all seemed to be going as good as can be expected and I was told, you ready for this, no need to come back for a year – – can we get another hip-hip-hooray!!

Of course my lung doc (easier than always spelling out pulmonologist) reminded me that some of what we discussed like getting winded taking a shower, getting winded trying to work in the yard, getting winded taking a long walk without pacing and feeling fatigued – well they are all part of the thought that I have Stage III COPD and severe Asthma and that is just part of the game, oh and yes over time it will get worse but keep doing what I am doing and that worse will be held at a distance for much longer than if I do nothing.

November is memorable as we have an adult child who continues to fight her own evil demons of addiction and mental illness – to the point where our grandson is now living with his Mom’s Dad, the other grandpa, and because of that we are now fighting to find time, money and vehicle to make many more trips to help taking care of him.  My truly first opportunity to watch Colton on my own comes this weekend for a few hours (did I mention he is a little autistic and have some developmental problems) – so give me a good luck, prayers and yet another hip-hip-hooray!!

But the best news for November is my wife’s oldest daughter and husband are expecting – we are now planning for grandchild #11.  Can I get another hip-hip-hooray!!

The most important thing about November is it is ‘COPD AWARENESS MONTH’ and today is ‘WORLD COPD DAY’ – 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 ***

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’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – I Will Get Through It

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Keller--Football2014--02 Most know by now that I am battling daily with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and part of my therapy is to put into words how my week or day is going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

Responsibility for me is to share my travels with others with the hopes that maybe, just maybe I will reach even one person who could read what I write and realize they are not alone.

While my buddy ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) may not be anywhere near as severe as many, it is bad enough that even though I am not on oxygen 24/7 yet I do find it very, very difficult to work or do anything much physical for more than about 15 minutes without having to stop and let my lungs catch up.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with it.

Many times here I have talked about the weather and the past several days the weather has not been to kind to me for getting out and about with it being windy and hot.  But today I have to get out and know I will have to just fight through it.

I have to get out because I made a promise to my oldest grandson to be at his first high school varsity football game and that is tonight.

I made that promise not necessarily thinking it would be in the mid-90’s and windy on the first Friday of September, but then again I do live in Kansas where the wind always seems to want to blow my patio furniture around (of course I have rather cheap plastic stuff).

I plan to keep my promise while also getting some long overdue time with my son and more bonding time with my middle grandson, combining that with my promise to Keller – well let’s just say it will get done.

So I am off to grab a quick run on my nebulizer, check on the depth of my rescue inhaler and ask for a little appreciation from the good Lord.

How I will come out of this on the other end, well ask me around midnight or so when I finally get back in town, get the car empty of grandsons and son, and walking through my front door for hopefully a good night’s sleep barring any josting I may get from ‘Lenny’ (name I gave my COPD/Asthma).

I must listen to what I preach and that would be to plan ahead, prepare ahead and dig deep inside and work through it when it’s worth it – and my grandson is more than worth it.

Trust me, I will share again in the weekend and let folks know I how did or didn’t do.

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

*** I continue a request for all to hold Kaycie Chapman (from down New Zealand way) in your thoughts, prayers and blessings as she continues her courageous Facebook sharing of her continuing battle with late stages of emphysema/asthma/COPD – and she continues to do it with the level of faith and hope for which we all should hope we will have when our battle and travels become much, much worse.  Prayers and Blessings Kaycie.

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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