After a three month absence from blogging it is good to sit here at my desk typing another. I was going to write about the weather and copd. But will instead keep you all up to speed about what has happened this last few months.
The past winter was quite uneventful with at least hospital admissions being avoided. I have learned well how to deal with upcoming problems quickly to stop a potential serious situation becoming critical. Constant flare ups every six to eight weeks from early Autumn proved a trial that had to be solved. These being proved to be an inflammation problem. Not surprising given that ours is an inflammatory illness. The NAC capsule I take each morning has really done well in stopping the muck getting on my chest without any side effects. I am sure Hemp seed oil is helping too, and of course the vitamin D3 capsule keeps my bones in good shape, essential if taking any steroids, as well as firing up the immune system to maximum values. I do now take 10mg of prednisolone a day to keep the inflammation down. But am one of the lucky ones as preds do not seem to affect me while definitely stopping this inflammatory cycle I have had. It really does seem to be the devil and the deep blue sea sometimes but in the end have to choose what we feel is best for us.
As you and I know our condition is often one of not knowing if tomorrow will be a good, or bad day. Bad days often arriving without warning, or apparent reason. How I hate them, while also out the blue we can get good days when breathing is better and we can do so much more. Sadly them kind of days are rare.
I have been very busy since my last blog. And have had to keep pushing, keep moving to make things happen. We must always keep moving. Even if at times we don’t feel like doing anything.
During January and February we had an extensive house renovation to the house we have now moved into. Our new home had to be made disabled friendly for me, a complete bathroom refit, stair lift, and other essential work. Work to be done before the move and not after to cut a dust problem. My job was to employ and oversee builders. Fair play to them all, they stopped work if doing anything dusty to allow me to walk around when on site looking at what was being done, knowing how fragile our condition can be, and with me walking around with oxygen.
Mid March we moved into our now refurbished home. After our last move four years ago. And knowing I could now do nothing useful unless sitting at a desk, and having now learned to delegate I decided to become the tea boy for the lads doing the move. Which in my case made this the least stressful moving house experience I have ever had in my life.
We must remember – stress will almost certainly make us with copd more breathless than usual, and trying to push yourself too fast will probably have you gasping for breath. We really do have to learn our limits. And keep to them for a better life. Believe me. I learned these lessons the hard way.
I am hoping for a new venture in the coming months, and have an interview, where I have to give a five minute presentation, for a research organisation in the hope of becoming a Research Champion next week. The strange thing is that since I started to do work for different organisations wearing a canulla and using oxygen, even more doors have opened. Opportunities seem to bounce at me. The message here for you guys that are given oxygen for mobility but refuse to go out the door for fear of what others may think is, get out there. You will be admired for doing so. And like me you will enjoy life more while finding a reason to, as I say, get your body moving. And if like me you have a skill you can use in a volunteer capacity. You will find doors opened for you very willingly. Even though like me you move slow, and use oxygen. For those of you not at the severe stage and needing oxygen. I cannot stress enough. If you do not work make sure you keep active. Because by keeping active you will help to slow the progress down and add many more years to your life.
Next month I am looking forward to a holiday (vacation) where I will be hiring a few trampers and roaming around some very pretty coastal and country locations. As usual my camera’s will be with me so hopefully will be able to share some photo’s with you when I return.
Many thanks to you guys that have written to me this last couple of months, and to those asking after me. Keep a smile. Keep moving. And best of all. Till my next blog, Breathe Easy.