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I had someone ask me the other day how I kept going with the health and mental problems I have faced the last few months.

My reply was that others were, and are, facing worse and are still living life.

We must live to the best that is possible for us at the time.

I go back and read this story from someone that faced much and continued on.

These are her words ....

My Story 

I am sure she watches all of us and cheers us on in our journey.

May her words encourage someone that needs it today.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

COPD Life

Posted by OldBones-Larry May 18, 2019

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. (COPD Foundation website  https://www.copdfoundation.org/)

 

The stages and symptoms of COPD are:

Mild. Your airflow is somewhat limited, but you don’t notice it much. You cough and have mucus every once in a while.

Moderate. Your airflow is worse. You’re often short of breath after doing something active. This is the point where most people notice symptoms and get help.

Severe. Your airflow and shortness of breath are worse. You can't do normal exercise anymore. Your symptoms flare up frequently, also called an exacerbation.

Very severe: Your airflow is limited, your flares are more regular and intense, and your quality of life is poor.

(From: What Happens When You Have COPD? WebMD Medical Reference  https://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/qa/what-are-the-four-stages-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-and-the-symptoms-of-each)

 

Let me first state that this is not a post complaining about my present life or situation.

I brought this upon myself with the choices I made those many years ago.

That being said ......

 

I, like others here, live daily with COPD. 

I am now beginning to have more and more episodes that are diminishing my quality of life. 

I make more trips to the doctors office and the ER than I used to.

I have to use my nebulizer and inhaler more often than I used to.

These are the facts that all COPD sufferers live with.

We have good days and we have bad days.

 

To all of the new quitters out there, please stick with your quit.

Your life depends on you getting rid of those death sticks.

Your lungs will thank you so much for doing this.

 

I encourage you to read our past blogs. 

Learn from our experiences.

Most of our blogs give you the problems caused by smoking.

I won't list them here as they are all laid out in our blogs.

 

How do you quit?

Each quit is that persons journey. No two are alike. What worked for me might not work for you.

Find what does work for you and use it.

One second, one minute, one hour, one day.

It all adds up.

Like the journey of one thousand miles, it begins with that first step.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

Blessings

Posted by OldBones-Larry May 9, 2019

Last night I spoke with the Ancient Ones.

I spoke of the battles to end the addiction of Nicotine.

I was given this message to pass on to all here.

They have seen your struggles.

They have heard your words.

They have added their voices to mine in Song for all that are here.

We ask Creator to send strength.

We ask that Creator watch over all and smooth the path for your mocassins.

We ask that Creator lead you on the path and around the traps that will stop your journey.

May it be so.

I speak no more.

Soaring Eagle

OldBones-Larry

Humble Request

Posted by OldBones-Larry May 6, 2019

Great One ...
I humbly come to you though I am insignificant and unworthy to speak in your presence.
I ask that you would send strength to this body.
My spirit is willing, but my body fails so often.
I would also ask strength for others this day.
I ask that they be strengthened for their journey.
Make their will to finish strong.
Strengthen their steps along the path.
Show them the way across the wasteland.
Aid them when their strength and will is low.
May it be so ......

OldBones-Larry

Garden

Posted by OldBones-Larry May 3, 2019

I tried going out and working on where I want to do a prairie flower planting.

I got about 3 minutes of work done and had to stop for about 5 minutes.

This pattern continued for the next hour.

I finally had to just stop and go back inside.

I will get the planting done, but I will have to take my time doing it.

To all you new quitters out there, and even those that are well into your quit, think many times before you light up that one sickorette that you "know" can't hurt anything.

Think about this old camel driver and what he did to his heart, lungs, and other parts of his body over a 42 year period because smoking could never hurt him.

I have news!!

It hurt him terribly!!!!

I can only do things for a fdew minutes before I have to stop and catch my breath.

If I continue and don't stop, I begin having pains in my chest and lungs.

My legs give out sometimes because of PAD limiting blood and Oxygen flow into my legs.

This is not my little "pity party" , just the facts of my life now. I did this to myself and am accepting it and how my life must be now.

Please learn from these facts.

Stay strong in your quit journey and don't fall for Nic's tricks.

Remember to take it one minute, one hour, or one day at a time, whichever you have to.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Clear Test

Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 30, 2019

My Occult Blood test came back negative. That is a big relief.

However, I am now fighting Exacerbation of my COPD.

My air passages are severely inflamed and closing off.

I am trying to hold my own with this.

Taking antibiotics and Prednisone.

I have to Nebulize every 4 hours and then use the inhaler every 6 hours.

They also have me on a Codiene-based Syrup to help calm my cough some, but not totally stop it.

They are wanting me to bring up as much out of my lungs as possible.

I will get through this as I have so many other problems. 

One day at a time.

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That being said, I want to warn against ever going back to those Death Sticks that caused this.

When I think of the damage I have caused to my body, I am so very upset at myself.

I realize now that smoking was never 'cool', let alone the right thing to do.

Emphysema, COPD, PAD, Systolic Heart Failure, CHF, GERD and Barrett's Esophagus, and an AAA are just a few of the "rewards" from my 42 year joyride.

Stay quit my friends and be strong in your journey.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master