Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~
Happy New Year, and I hope and trust 2018 is off to a great start for you all, and you are busy – busy planning some cool things to do throughout the year.
So, first week in the New Year. What are your resolutions?
Did you know 68 percent break their own promises by the end of the first month? Yeah, 68 percent. Wow that is high, I thought.
So if you are a Chronic Lung Patient, what goals have you set for yourself?
- Eat right, or better
- Lose weight
- Financial changes, decrease debt
- Be less stressed
- Spend more time with family
- Learn something new
Pretty common, but I think as we have discussed before, keeping in touch is so important in our journey.
More than 1 in 5 adults with chronic lung illness are affected by isolation.
Sometimes your friends, family members, even neighbors might notice these signs. The worst part is they are not sure what to do about it.
Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I didn’t call or don’t call because, I don’t what to bother you.” Many have said that to me and I say, “Bother away” and give them my number.
Here are a few of my resolutions for 2018:
Resolution #1: Bother somebody, at least once a week. It is good for them to know how you are doing and it is great for you! Therapy at its best!
Friends and Family want to know how they can help, what they can do. Remember, chronic lung illness is for the most part an invisible disease. People can’t tell by looking at you how you are doing, or what help you might need. Unless, of course, they catch you in one of those wonderful coughing fits we all know and love. (Boy, I hate those … ugh.) But not their fault, educate them, talk to them. Don’t get angry or upset, teach them how you are feeling. It is so hard, but that is the only way, don’t you agree?
Resolution #2: Do volunteer work. Helping others with whatever it is that ails them. 🙂 Listen, Learn, Suggest.
I love my hospital volunteering every week and I miss it when I can’t. I’m trying to get more speaking engagements. My goal is once a quarter. Talk about our journey, share experiences, and make a difference. Many are just beginning and others are suffering from many years of breathing and lung disease, but putting a smile on their face is just such a thrill, for me anyway. Health stems from good connections. Family, friends, and even strangers that you connect with and hopefully help. I meet new people every week and can’t even begin to describe what and how it has helped me in my journey.
Resolution #3: Spend less time with the negatives in life. Life is so short, we hear that all the time. But time, how fast it does pass. I was thinking the other day.
I could see myself clear as day, a 10 year-old sitting with my grandmother up in Canada watching Lawrence Welk in her small apartment. She loved music, dancing, and hockey. She was suffering from arthritis very bad in her hands but never complained and had her tea. 🙂
The proper English woman that she was. She lived for the holidays and when we would come and visit. We watched a little Welk and Hockey Night in Canada. She loved the Red Wings. (I have Gordie Howe’s autograph still that he sent her on her birthday one year). When she passed, there were so many things I still wanted to say, but couldn’t, because it was too late. She always said, “Bobby, if you have nothing nice to say to people, then don’t say anything.” So, no time for negative vibes, :).
So, let me leave you today with this, “In 2018, be grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so very precious.”
‘Til next time!
– Coach Bob
Bob Rawlins, 59, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He has been on oxygen therapy for more than a year. He enjoys skiing and golfing with his SeQual eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator.
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