‘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’ & 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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‘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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COPD/Asthma & Pulmonary Rehab – the HOW

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Health--COPD--ThreeBranches As I keep saying – part of my survival with late stage III COPD is to continually read and learn as much as I can about my ailment and those ailments closely related to it.

Working to pass on some of this information is part of my acceptance of my condition and all it entails, which means sharing what I may learn, read and experience with others so they know they are not alone and just maybe may find or be refreshed about some new tidbit of information to help with their own struggles with COPD and/or life altering disease.

So as with previous postings I share with hopes of raising awareness among others about COPD – this time with some questions and discussion about ‘Pulmonary Rehab’.

‘Pulmonary Rehab’ in any sense is needed to help delay the eventual loss of ability to do things we are used to doing and have control over – especially our ability to breath.

The ‘HOW’ of pulmonary rehab would entail the starting, doing, progressing and paying for your pulmonary rehab so that you can work to improve your battle with COPD/Asthma.

The ‘how’ to get started may possible start with your physician and/or pulmonologist as they would have to give a written referral or prescription for pulmonary rehab in order for Medicare and/or most insurance groups to cover some and/or all the costs involved.

Many times Medicare and/or insurance groups will also require an updated spirometry and/or complete pulmonary function testing done, most likely within the last year at the minimum.

A lot of times the pulmonary rehab will be set out over a period of time or guided by a set number of goals to be reached before Medicare and/or an insurance group will most likely stop covering the costs.

Many times individuals will find a way to continue their pulmonary rehab, even if on a reduced time frame (say like two times per week) because they find the rehab does wonderful things to making them feel better, think better and keep a better outlook toward the future of life with COPD and/or asthma.

Once done with pulmonary rehab the ‘how’ for so many will then become a very personal, individual path as most will want to continue the workout levels of rehab at home on their own because the benefits of continued exercising is measured for what it can do for the body, mind and soul.

Do you understand the ‘how’ of getting a pulmonary rehab program going?

Do you understand and see the ‘how’ a pulmonary rehab program continued long term can be so beneficial to those of us battling COPD and/or asthma?

As with any other of the who, what, where, when and why of pulmonary rehab – the ‘how’ is up to you, and knowing the number of benefits from both a short term concentrated and long term pulmonary rehab program we all should take the ‘how’ and make it a ‘doing and done’.

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 always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, the book “Live Your Life with COPD” by Jane M. Martin and COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD/Asthma & Pulmonary Rehab – THE WHY

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Health--COPD--ThreeBranches As I keep saying – part of my survival with late stage III COPD is to continually read and learn as much as I can about my ailment and those ailments closely related to it.

Working to pass on some of this information is part of my acceptance of my condition and all it entails, which means sharing what I may learn, read and experience with others so they know they are not alone and just maybe may find or be refreshed about some new tidbit of information to help with their own struggles with COPD and/or life altering disease.

So as with previous postings I share with hopes of raising awareness among others about COPD – this time with some questions and discussion about ‘Pulmonary Rehab’.

‘Pulmonary Rehab’ in any sense is needed to help delay the eventual loss of ability to do things we are used to doing and have control over – especially our ability to breath.

The ‘why’ of pulmonary rehab would be the reasons you find for going to pulmonary rehab and getting the needed direction to improve your battle with COPD/Asthma.

A ‘why’ would be to learn more about your lung disease, your overall health and how you can properly work on managing it.

A ‘why’ would be to begin learning how to breathe more effectively or learning to move more air with less effort.

A ‘why’ would be to help cut back on trips to your physician, hospital or emergency room due to problems in breathing brought on by your COPD/Asthma.

A ‘why’ would be to learn how you can keep yourself in overall better physical condition while gaining more stamina and flexibility.

A ‘why’ would be helping you learn quality coping skills for dealing with your COPD/Asthma which in turn should help you experience less anxiety, panic and feelings of depression when dealing with your breathing problems.

And a ‘why’ would be to give you a chance to socialize, meet others dealing with similar battles of COPD/Asthma which in turn can build friendships and group support so you know you are not alone in your battles.

Do you understand the importance of the ‘why’ of your own personal pulmonary rehab program?

Can you benefit from the keys to the ‘why’ pulmonary rehab is important?

Only you can make the final decision of using a pulmonary rehab program to make your life physically more ready for that battle ahead, have you made or done it?

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 always that without breathing a person is without life itself.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer)

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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, the book “Live Your Life with COPD” by Jane M. Martin and COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)