‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Celebrating New Life + 5

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Today is November 26, a day which forever, as I walk this gift of earth, will be consider a very special day in our household as this is a day for a celebration.  A celebration of New Life plus 5.

Celebration of New Life plus five – why you may ask, because five years ago this morning I applied the help of my neighbor to help me run errands due to myself feeling much under the weather.  Thankfully this neighbor was a fireman and asked the right questions and noticed the correct things, and promptly took me and my vehicle to our local hospital as quickly as he could get there without causing a major commotion.  At the hospital, they knew something was very wrong and as they prepped me to be transferred to a better facility – as I handed my phone to let my Dad know what may be going on, I got very light headed and everything went black.

A few minutes later, I was told four-to-five possible, I opened my eyes and this nurse was kneeling on the edge of my gurney pushing as hard as she good on my chest, so I asked her what the heck she was doing as it hurt – she simply smiled and hollered to all in the room ‘he is back’.  Needless to say, I asked her ‘back from where’ and that was when someone looked down at me and said you had a massive heart attack.

Wow, was that an eye opener to me as I just thought I may have passed out or fallen asleep.  But know, a heart attack – in fact, as my first cardiologist like to remind me, I had a massive ‘widow maker’ heart attack and that if I had not been anywhere but where I was I would not be with this world as I know of it anymore.

So that is why we celebrate today as my ‘New Life Plus Five’………

Five stents and five days later I returned home to begin my recuperation and the new life I had been granted.  Then, three months later, problems with my close companion ‘Lenny’ acting up and making life miserable, I found that instead of just severe asthma, I now was being diagnosed with late stage III COPD – a double whammy in less than 120 days.

But here I am today, and a recent bout with both viral and bacterial infections (a write about that is still to come), reminded me of just how precious everyday living is.  While I continue to work on a few things that seem to be a constant struggle (like weight and melancholy), I wake up in the mornings with a deep breath and a hearty thank you for being given another day.  I gleefully acknowledge all those people that are a regular part of my life, with words of gratitude, and every night sometime before I get close to putting my head on the pillow and snuggle under the covers next to my best friend and wife, I give a moment of appreciation and gratitude to that which controls all that exists for having given me another day to breath, see, smell and feel all that life is on this great gift of earth.

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

Want to know who ‘Lenny’ is?  ‘Lenny’ is the name I gave my constant companion called COPD/Asthma.  I have found that referring and dealing with my chronic illness as a companion I am less apt to get angry with it, but instead more likely to work with it like you would in a strong relationship.  Besides treating anything with TLC is much better than hammering away at it as if it was an enemy.

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.

ALWAYS REMEMBER > 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.

With that 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 medical founded information.

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Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Hitting a Brickwall

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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.

This ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and handling of life together of ‘Lenny’ and me.

Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – Hitting a Brickwall…..

Some of my past few postings I have talked about a very busy time of the year, with so many activities to attend for my grandkids, end of the season writings for my part-time job as a sports reporter and of course the big deal of helping my daughter, son-in-law and four grandkids get ready and move out-of-state.

I discussed some of this because I was hoping my stamina, and in particular, ‘Lenny’ would behave and not get agitated which in turn would cause me a problem.

Well after a stretch of having a commitment to something with someone, somewhere for 16 of 19 days, I began to hit the ‘brickwall’ the day we were packing the U-Haul truck for the family move to a new adventure.

As we prepared to leave on Sunday for the six-hour trip, I woke up with ‘Lenny’ not being in good spirits and a bit agitated from something – in other words my breathing would struggle with the least bit of physical work or effort.

Despite all my time traveling to and from the new adventure, I am still not totally positive on what was causing the problem, though I do have an idea.

What happened was traveling to the new adventure went fairly well since I was mostly riding along, except for the two-and-a-half hours I drove the twenty-foot U-Haul.  It was only when I would walk any distance or try and do anything physical that ‘Lenny’ would seem to get agitated and I would find myself fighting a short bout of SoB (short of breath).

While the kids new home was really nice, it had sat mostly empty for a couple of months and was found to be very stuffy and that seemed to tell ‘Lenny’ it was time to mess with my day, leaving me with no other choice than take an early exit for the motel.  I chose to stay at a motel because I knew what kind of bed I would have, I could control my room environment and it gave me more flexibility with my c-pap and nebulizer machines.

To make this short, the whole weekend seemed to go along the lines of myself being just fine if I sat around and/or moved around with little physical exertion.  , this really disappointed me in the fact that I was unable to help with any unloading, but thankfully my daughter and the family was very understanding and worked with me well.

I made it home and while working the brain muscles in trying to figure out what the heck happened, I realized when I got home that I had gained more weight.  Remember my discussion before the trip, commenting about it being a ‘diet problem’ – well the whole weekend was another good example of that as my diet included much too much bread products and not enough vegetables and fruits.

Another item which I have figured played into my problems with ‘Lenny’ and stamina – because I take meds that many times put me in a situation where I need ‘pit stop’ breaks more often than normal – I did not take any meds on Sunday or Monday morning and so we are presuming that not taking them may have helped add to some very unneeded water weight.

Now I am back home and back on track with normal routines and eating prospects, I have lost four pounds in less than two days and that is a much-needed feel good.

The important thing learned is that no matter how well you plan, how well you think you know how to deal with a change in routine – it is still very much possible to have a brickwall pop up and cause a total change in the intended outcome.  It is what it is and that is called life.

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 good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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 medical founded information.

‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – Stamina Test #1, Check

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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.

This ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and handling of life together of ‘Lenny’ and me.

Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – Stamina Test number one, check.

As mentioned in a recent post of ‘Lenny’ and Me for Today – I was going to test my stamina over the next couple of weeks and yep, I made it through the first weekend of the busy schedule.

On Friday I made it to the big ‘All Schools Day Parade Celebration’, remembering to get a solid run on my nebulizer and a shot from the Breo Ellipta before even thinking about going out the front door, while also putting my nitro (for a heart condition) and my oxygen checker in the wife’s purse just in case.

So, we park at my daughter’s house and walk the five blocks to where said daughter and grandkids were sitting to watch the parade.  Yes, I gave myself extra time to walk the five blocks as many times walking will cause ‘Lenny’ to get just a bit irritated.  The walk went well, though I have a bad habit of trying to walk too fast so I did have to make probably three, maybe four short two-minute stops to keep ‘Lenny’ calmed down.

Sitting watching the parade went well, lots of fun seeing two grandkids in the parade while watching several others just enjoying the festivities.

Walking back to the car, well because we weren’t in any hurry it went well, though I still had to make a couple of short two-minute stops to, as always, keep ‘Lenny’ calmed down.

After a short stop at the house for a quick sandwich, I headed to what they call the ‘madathon’ in which I had two grandkids and a daughter participating in.  The ‘madathon’ is like a goofy Olympics with egg tosses, water balloons and silly things of that sense.  Three hours later I headed home for a few hours before one more trip out for the day.

My wife, our autistic grandson and I headed for a street dance with a local band that has been together for over 50-years, which included the prepping of several competitors of the Saturday scheduled BBQ competition.  Anybody ever have slow cooked beaver, well neither have I even though it was offered to me.

Unfortunately, our grandson did not feel good and did not like the loud music so we left early, and while I was intending to return to the street dance to listen to the tunes – it was not going to be the same and I just drove around town for a short bit and then returned home.

At this point, Friday was done and it appeared that except for being tired in the legs and back, ‘Lenny’ was behaving and for the most part I was doing good.

On Saturday, we made a two-hour drive to what I was hoping was a hot air balloon fest – only problem was the 15 at the fest all fired up and flew off by about the time I got out of bed and we did not find even one sticking around tethered to the ground for $40 rides.

While there were several balloon styles, two handed and regular fancy kites flying around it was a major disappointment that I did not apparently read the fest schedule properly.  Sure, there was a helicopter ride, but not interested.

Consolation prize, well almost, was the little town was also having a sizable car show going on – well almost because the grandkid and the wife were not interested, and with all the business of Friday added to the wind coming up and blowing things around I knew that maybe next time and we headed the two-hour trip back to the homestead.

So, with all the worry that I did have going into the weekend, I did find that I was on top of my game as far as preparing ahead with meds, backup meds, oxygen checker and watching the weather, especially the wind.  When I felt ‘Lenny’ getting the least bit irritated, I stopped and concentrated on the breathing and moved on.

All this is good as I have something on the schedule for six of the next seven days and on a couple of those it is multiple items to attend, the testing of my stamina and preparations keep rolling on.

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 good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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.)

Follow all the adventures of “‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today” at wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at “COPD Travels”.

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’ and Me 4 Today – Testing the Stamina

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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.

This ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and handling of life together of ‘Lenny’ and me.

Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – we will be testing the stamina!!

Today, tomorrow and next week my schedule should have the big headline ‘TESTING STAMINA’, as I will be on the go pretty much daily for the next eight days.

Those of us with a chronic illness and/or disability, and especially those with something like COPD and/or severe asthma – stamina is many times an unchartered adventure as we just can’t predict much of the time on how our bodies and/or companion of chronic illness and/or disability will hold up to a busy, busy schedule.

Me, well considering I have 11 grandkids and several of them have school functions as we finish up the school year, needless to say – I will be keeping busy.

Today in particular could be a challenging day for ‘Lenny’ to keep calm and not get too irritated.

Reason being, our community has what is called an ‘All Schools Day Celebration’ and it comes complete with a ninety-minute parade of school bands, school floats, school royalty and much more – I will have two grandsons in the parade, one walking with the kids graduating the DARE program and the other on his school float.

The parade is followed the rest of the day with lots of activities, including what they call ‘madathons’ where school kids from various area schools compete in fun styled Olympic formatted games – and I have two grandkids and an adult daughter competing.

Of course, then the day is topped off with a community street dance, which this year is featuring of our state’s long-time, all-time great bands that just happens to originate from our community.

Did I mention that the parade time how our community of maybe 13-14,000 will balloon up to as many as 35-40,000 folks?

As I prepare to get my stuff together and head out the door in less than two hours, I am watching the weather (an absolute must) and finding that it is cool this morning (around 52 degrees Fahrenheit) but the humidity is like 72% (potential trigger).  Good news is they are calling for clear skies and very little wind.  So, all I must do is give myself enough time to walk to the parade route from where I park (I estimate about four, maybe five blocks) without pushing ‘Lenny’ to the limit.

Okay, oxygen checker – check, rescue inhaler – check, bottled water – check, cell phone charged up – check, camera batteries charged – check, I may be ready to go.  Did I chat with ‘Lenny’ – yep and hopefully cooperation will entail.

The extra incentive to keep my triggers in check and work gently on keeping my stamina up, my daughter and the two grandkids in the madathon will be moving five and a half hours away at the end of the school year in two weeks and this may be the last ‘All Schools Day Celebration’ they are here – the extra incentive to doing it, working through it and moving on.

Oh, did I mention – tomorrow is scheduled a two-hour drive to take hobby photos at a hot air balloon festival, something I have never seen before up close and personal.  The real question is – who is being tested more, myself or ‘Lenny’!!

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 good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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.)

Follow all the adventures of “‘Lenny’ and Me 4 Today” at wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at “COPD Travels”.

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’ & Me 4 Today – Contempt

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Let’s take a moment for that quick reminder, ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my constant companion called COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease, it has become my companion instead of a nasty enemy.  Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but ‘Lenny’ does do better when I can take care of it the best I can.

So now that we have caught up, let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.

Have you ever just felt disgusted with a situation or a person, sometimes to the point of feeling contempt for that person or situation.

Contempt can be a very nasty thought process to get caught up in.  Contempt can be literally dangerous to your state of mind and even your health and welfare.

While checking a variety of dictionary style definitions, the word contempt can be summarized as meaning ‘disapproval tinged with disgust, disdain or feeling that a person or thing is beneath one’s dignity and unworthy of notice, respect or concern’.

Lately I have had a real challenge with that feeling of contempt toward several situations and/or people.  Like a recent posting about change, this is a subject which I may visit several times as contempt and change are both traits in my life that challenge me.

Recently I went through a four or five-day period where ‘Lenny’ was acting up just enough to make my day seem a little miserable, which in turn put my attitude in frustration mode.  It was the kind of uncomfortable that made me find the feeling of contempt start to rise regarding my relationship with the constant companion I refer to as ‘Lenny’.

After four years of learning to live and deal with the diagnosis of COPD, I have become aware of the fact that attitude and feelings can and will have a say on how ‘Lenny’ behaves and how well we will get along on any day.

When I start to get contemptuous with my COPD/Asthma, ‘Lenny’ seems to act up and remind me that ‘like it or not’ we are attached at the lungs for life.

Feeling disgusted with my COPD/Asthma and the problems it may cause, or the events it may make me miss, I fully understand that instead of contempt toward the disease for which I am battling it is much easier to deal with it nearly like just another person that is in my life – kind of like family or best friends.

Contempt in nearly every situation, issue or relationship will end up in the long run causing more problems than solutions.

Contempt it seems can almost be called a part of human nature and like any part of human nature, an individual can and should take notice of it, talk to it, deal with it and most of all get over it – because having contempt for anything will eventually cause nothing much more than more issues and more issues about anything is not what most of us really need.

So, for today, when I find myself becoming disgusted with or find disdain for my companion ‘Lenny’ it is a must that I stop and look at what is causing those feelings of contempt, while searching for any of the ways I can to dissipate those feelings before they become an issue of themselves.

Controlling my moments of contempt toward ‘Lenny’ helps me, my family, my medical family and my life roll along at a much better pace.

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.