‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Dose 2 of Those Darn Meds & Supplements

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‘Lenny’ is my constant companion the doctors call COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make life easier for me in relating to my disease as it gives it a bit of a personality.  Besides treating ‘Lenny’ as a companion, come good days or bad, is much better than always dealing with it as an enemy.

Ok, so now let’s talk about “‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today”.

My last posting discussed the other stuff I am taking over and beyond my prescribed meds, so today I will discuss some of my prescribed meds.

As of today, I have 10 prescriptions in my med cupboard of which my three doctors have put me on.

Let’s start off with those meds which work for anything other than my COPD/Asthma, like ‘Atorvastatin’, which I take once a day to help keep my cholesterol in line.

For high blood pressure the good doctor has me on ‘Lisinopril’, once a day in the evening, and that along with a healthier menu of food and some daily exercise has my blood pressure within a normal range (at least until stress hits me).

Because I am on that borderline of becoming diabetic, twice a day I take ‘Metformin’.

With my heart having its own set of deficiencies, the good doctor has me taking two baby aspirin every morning along with ‘Furosmide’.

Another item in my med cupboard is my ‘nitro’ which is mostly considered a heart drug, but I found it is also very useful for relaxing important muscles when they spasm.  That discovery came when I had a spasm in my throat (brought on by yet another health issue) which caused me unable to swallow for a few moments and the nitro kept me from choking.

All these prescriptions come from the precious work of my regular physician and my cardiologist.

And you may ask why I am sharing, because it all ties together in my battle with COPD/Asthma, because my breathing is tied to how well my heart functions – the reason why I say that ‘without breathing a person is without life itself’.

I also know that many others are out there who sometimes stress over the amount of meds they seem to be taking or not taking, and how much or often they are taking them.

By sharing my story maybe others will realize they are not alone with that med stress.

I understand that med stress, as I many times just feel tired of having to take these darn meds each and every day, twice a day.  But the important thing is, my doctors prescribed them for a purpose and that purpose was to help in a way they could to help my health from getting any worse.  And the meds I discussed today are there to help me keep my ticker from messing up like it did four and one-half years ago when I had my major ‘widow maker’ (my doctors description) heart attack and survived.

The main point is – these meds help keep me alive longer so I can enjoy the life I have with my wife, kids and grandkids.

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

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.

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(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

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 and more medical founded information.

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Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – Our Environmental Future

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For this posting I am not going into detail about my relationship with ‘Lenny’, my constant companion better known as COPD/Asthma, as most who actually read this already know I am in late Stage III of COPD on top of having a severe asthma condition.

No details because today I am writing from my broken heart, broken over the sudden and major change of direction our country is preparing to take regarding healthcare and environmental issues.

Have always tried to avoid political items with my ‘Wheezing Away’ postings (normally save them for my blog ‘Grumpy Gramps’), but with the sudden and major change of direction that is evident with the new administration in Washington I have to make a few comments – because it affects so many that I have come to know that are fighting for their lives on a daily basis due to a major illness or disease.

While I have been an asthmatic since I was a kid and yes, many times in my life I have done things I shouldn’t have due to my own decisions – like working at a fiberglass insulation factory, had a cleaning business that cleaned a fabrication shop and hung out with the fumes of ovens, stoves and fryers for 20+ years – I am still aware of how my asthma and possible my COPD is better than it could have been due to many of the environmental standards put in place by previous administrations.

For those who do not pay attention, the rate of asthma among children has been rising for many years and if you are not familiar with the disease than let me tell you, it is not fun and can be downright scary for the person, family and friends that happen to be around when an attack of asthma happens.

It’s not just the air we breathe that concerns me, it is the environment as a whole – especially our water and earth itself.

As they plug away full steam ahead with these pipelines, taking them over, under and through some of our most precious waterways and farm fields we will be looking at more and more natural disasters that will poison and permanently damage both people and our earth itself.

I live within two miles of one of the larger refinery’s in the Midwest and there are days that stepping outside can be difficult due to the aroma in the air from a recent or on-going refinery burn off.  What scares me, is that is what we can notice because of the aroma and knowing that some much more is let out into the air that looks like clouds of steam – but are not.

I am concerned and stressed over the future of the environment that will left for my grandkids and future great-grandkids.

The gracious God or great Spirit that gave us this precious earth to live on, gave it to us for our use for survival and with the understanding that we were to protect it – not abuse and use it, but protect it.

For centuries the Native American Indians made use of the lands and animals for only what they needed, nothing more and nothing less.  The Native American Indians knew the value of each and every creature and land resource, the value that each and every item had within itself to help all the others to stay and live a stable life of good and love.

Okay, ‘Lenny’ is saying enough for now as my stress level is rising just thinking about so many so called ‘Christians’ are giving my Christianity a bad name due to their take, take and prosper attitude over our earth and fellow creatures instead of take as needed, protect and serve the rest that I believe God intended.

Now I am rambling, but do know that I for one, one who is battling a daily battle with breathing issues, am struggling with the thought that those in power, those elected to serve and protect the citizens of our country – are now just serving the almighty dollar and tossing out to the sides those of us who have already suffered the consequences of environmental hazards.

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

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@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

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 and more medical founded information.

‘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’ & 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 – – Where Did It Go?

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MarvelsOfSpaceAndTime--BloodMoon--Sept2015 Yes I continue my daily battle with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) and for me 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.

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.

Where did it go?  Just where did this past week run off too, I am looking back and I am not sure just what happened, let alone when, why or how.

I do know that having goals or a passion for something(s) can and will (in my opinion) help in a battle with COPD/Asthma or any health issue.

For me I have a couple of passions and they each keep me going in their own ways and do in part help my battle with my ornery sidekick ‘Lenny’, while at the same time those same passions can and do work against me – that is when I have to key in on the event and either prepare for what will be happening or prepare for the ramifications of the happening.

Example – last Monday I drove 2 ½ hours each way just to have barely 2 hours of watching my oldest grandson play in his junior varsity high school football game as my kids and grandkids are a major focus point of my journey.  With no opportunity for anyone to go with me, it was just me and I am fully aware that anymore, even trips like that can stress my physical and mental nature to a point that I have to prepare for the day after in which I almost always (at least anymore) will have a full or partial day of struggling with ‘Lenny’ flaring up and reminding me of my weakened breathing apparatus.

Example 2 – Sunday evening we all know about the ‘Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse’ and since another passion I have is photography I insisted on going out to just beyond the edge of town, find a parking spot and spend two plus hours taking over 600 photo shots of the event itself.

Problem was I positioned myself on a rock gravel road and when traffic did go by they threw rocks and lots of dust.  Even my middle grandson noticed and reminded ‘Papa’ that somebody should have brought a cover for his ‘breathing holes’, it is nice to have grandkids that watch out for you.  Of course by the middle of yesterday I was feeling somewhat miserable for a few hours – but then again I put myself in that position and knew it was coming so I cleared my day to have just me time to let ‘Lenny’ squeeze my lungs for a short while before I was able to use some of those ‘pursed lips’ things to get ‘Lenny’ to let go and go back into hiding until another time.

See just two events combined with my writing and boom, here it is the beginning of another week and I am still floundering over what happened in the last seven days let alone properly plan out for a new seven day stretch.  So as I looked in the mirror this morning I simply gave myself a toothy smile, a laugh and a hearty ‘oh what the hell it is just time and what importance is that’ speaking too.

So when you think you are starting to wonder ‘where did it go’ with your time and days – find your passions, set some goals and run for them as fast and devoted as you can because ‘where did it go’ is too important to those of us with time limits tapping us on the shoulder.

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@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today – – Apprehension is running thick

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Reflections--LifeIsLikeAFight Being willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling ‘Lenny’ (name I have given my COPD/Asthma) is almost like therapy for me while also giving me the responsibility of taking my battle seriously.

With the help of social media I know I can also reach out to others who are also fighting similar battles and hopefully at time supply a little insight, little knowledge and maybe stir up some questions.

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

Heading out on a short road trip, taking me back to my old stomping grounds of Lincoln, Nebraska and while excited, I seem to feel a deep sense of apprehension.

The road trip is partially out of necessity as my 81-year old aunt from the east coast has been here for a couple of days on the back end of her 10-day family visit to the great plains and since the end of her visit requires catching a plane out of Lincoln then somebody has to get her to the airport on time.

Any trip to Lincoln is exciting as it gives me a time to reflect on a wonderful time of growing up (at least kindergarten through ninth grade) while also a bit of a sad time as so much has changed and so many folks are no longer with us, but still – going to Lincoln is a trip I almost always will welcome with open arms.

So why the deep sense of apprehension – by looking within I think I can find the levels of apprehension and why they are running deep today.

For one I have not had a very enjoyable summer with the hot temperature and high humidity causing ‘Lenny’ to wrestle with me much more often than normal and every time we wrestle it seems to just blow up my energy like a prick of a pin to a fully inflated balloon.  This alone can cause more than enough apprehension in any and all may try to do in any day, week or month.

Secondly, anytime I travel anymore I find a raised level of stress because of having to make sure I have my meds, make sure I have an extra rescue inhaler, make sure I have my nebulizer machine and meds, make sure I have my c-pap machine for sleeping and still make sure I pack the clothes and personal necessities I will be needing.

A third reason could be that new exciting world of journalism I have re-entered on a free-lance level writing for a new weekly newspaper in the area.  Knowing that next weeks edition is requiring three personal profiles, a large fall sports preview plus a recap of the next scheduled local school board meeting.  And the appointments and contacts I need to make need to be made now, but yet scheduled in a two day window for when I get back – time frames sometimes are such a pain.

A fourth reason for some deep apprehension, and this one is more of a personally fulfilling one, will be having the time to visit a few old friends, the old stomping ground neighborhood and schools as well as taking pictures, pictures and more pictures – plus the goal of going through my Dad’s house and taking many, many pictures of pictures and things.

So apprehension can be defined from two different angles – one being of understanding and grasp of something/somewhere/somebody and/or a filling of anxiety or fear.  By those definitions I am comfortable knowing that I will, at least for the next couple of days, have a deep feeling of all things defined as apprehension.

And this all comes without facing the fact that my visits with my dear, wonderful aunt seem to be getting farther apart and that adds apprehension in the fear that someday, sometime, somehow she too will be gone and our human visits will be no more.

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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Trying to Build COPD Stability……..

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Reflections--Balance  The thing I like best about a new year is it can be used as a clean slate, fresh start for nearly anything I so choose within my life travels.

Stability in my battle with COPD is high on that list of fresh starts and hopefully get it right this year.

Granted some other health issues and a major move of residency were two pretty good reasons to why my year did not go as I had hoped or planned, but both those issues have been worked on, dealt with and in a place to make stability a touch easier this next year.

Building stability with our personal battle with COPD is or should be a very high priority and building that stability sometimes may mean something simple like a routine.

One thing I do know about my COPD is that when I have a somewhat regular routine and stick to that routine most every day – my well-being feels much better.

For instance every morning the first thing on my agenda is to get on my nebulizer to help clear up my breathing chamber from any congestion that developed overnight.  When I do that I know my day will get started with some solid, clear breathing.

A couple of items I have tried in the past, but like most humans fumbled somewhere along the way, will be put forth as priorities to do and do daily.

For one, start every day with a solid look in the mirror then give myself a big smile and reminder that if I concentrate on my breathing and the day around me, then I will have a greater chance of keeping things somewhat under control.

Secondly, commit myself to learning 1 aspect about my COPD every week and putting that information to work within my COPD battle or share it with others who may find use of the same informational aspect of COPD.

Thirdly, before bed – last thing before kissing the wife good night and placing my head on that pillow – I will commit to remembering and writing down 2 things for which I am very thankful for.  The writing down is important because it gives a person something to look back at on those days that get dark and dreary, plus the goal of putting it in writing is you can keep track of that for which you are thankful for and will not repeat any ring of thanks for at least 30-days.

So again I will try and finish up with a couple of questions to ponder.

Do you have a routine to bring and/or keep stability in your battle with your COPD?

Do you understand the importance of being thankful each and every day for those many things positive in your life travels?

Remember always that without breathing, a person is without life itself.

A personal reminder – 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.

(Copyright@2014, CrossDove Writer)

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