It is amazing how fast the days, weeks, and months pass. Even more amazing when I realise it is now 29 years since I was first diagnosed with COPD.
There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about COPD. The worse I have seen informs the reader from diagnosis you have less than five years on this world . Even today some Doctors are not much better. Offering either no information, or tell the patient to prepare for the worse. For a rapid worsening. A life crippled, unable to do much but fight for breath. This my friends is not true. Unless of course you continue to smoke.
I am not anti smoking. It is that I know if you do smoke with COPD. You will get worse quicker. You will have more exacerbations. And sorry to say, you will die sooner.
Another thing to look out for is weight. Many with COPD lose a lot of weight, and become far too light. Even eating for two will not enable some to put more pounds on. The reason is for some in the most advanced stage of copd the pure effort to breathe burns so many calories. The best way to try to not get to that stage is to exercise as much as you can. Even if you cannot go outdoors, you can exercise at home. It really is keep that body going. If you do that you will have more energy too, and find breathing easier.
There is though another hidden danger. I exposed that danger myself by dipping my toes in it. I move my body, While in-between enjoying countless cups of warm tea. I take mine with milk, one sugar. At night I would watch TV with a nice can of cold lager. OK, let me be honest. Three cans in the evening. My weight crept up. I suspected it was the lager. But I enjoyed a little drink at night. So what harm. The problem is the heavier we are the harder it is to breathe. After all 12 pounds of weight a year added is like carrying a back pack. But that was not enough to stop me. Until.
I visited my nurse for my annual blood test. After which a few days later nurse phoned me to invite me to take another blood test. She wanted to know how long my sugars have been high. All that weight, the lagers, the sugar in the tea, had now led to type 2 diabetes. There was only one answer. To lose weight and get my blood glucose level down.
I brought a diabetic glucose tester to keep an eye on my blood glucose level. And stopped putting sugar in tea. I found lagers were very high in carbohydrates, more like eating bread said a diabetic friend of mine, so they were gone. I now have whisky and soda, with a touch of lemon in the evening. I guess I must have a small pleasure in my life. I enjoy my new drink with no carbohydrates. I want to say goodbye to that belly of mine So also started to look at food labels to see how much sugar was in what I was buying, and carbohydrates too. Out went juice, as did cakes. The result is this last month I have lost 7 pounds in weight, and my love of sugar. My plan now is to lose another 28 pounds to get back to how I was several years ago. My blood glucose levels are fine again already. And I am looking forward to the bonus of being able to breathe even better when the weight is off.
Yes I am as positive as ever. Forever looking at ways to try to make my life, and health better. I am ready for the warmer days, planning to take lots of pictures. Many of which will end up in my 2017 calendar. I always make my wall calendar to remind me of good days out we have had.
I used to do a lot of volunteer work but have decided to cut a lot of that out. I am retired and was finding I was doing more than when I was in paid work. But now am looking for more time to relax, get out, and enjoy life. In the future most of my volunteer work will be lung related.
I hope as you read this you too is having a good day. Till I next write Breathe Easy, stretch, smile, and enjoy your day.