5 Steps for Asthma & COPD Sufferers to Prepare for Coronavirus

I have asthma and get frequent bouts of Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis, a form of COPD.  I am not a doctor, but the following steps are what my doctors (Primary Physician, Allergist, and Pulmonologist) suggest, to prepare my lungs to fight Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis each year. Since Coronavirus drastically affects the lungs, I am continuing this regimen, to maintain strength in my lungs, just in case I am exposed to the Coronavirus.

  1. Inhalers

Prepare your lungs with inhalers (which will require a prescription from your doctor):

2 puffs a.m. and 2 puffs p.m. of a daily inhaler (Symbicort)

1 puff of a special inhaler at night (Spiriva)

Have your rescue inhaler and albuterol vials on hand, if you use a nebulizer at home, as well as Montelukast and allergy/cold medication.

Use an Aerochamber device to deliver the meds into your lungs.  Doctors say that the Aerochamber used for delivery is more effective than using just an inhaler alone.

  1. Food

Eat healthy foods (vegetables, fruits, protein, dairy, and healthy carbs).  A low-fat diet has been said to boost immunities, as well as eating citrus fruits, greens, broccoli, yogurt, nuts, garlic and ginger.

  1. Supplements

Boost your immune systems.  Take vitamins C, D, E, Zinc, and Beta-Carotene to prepare your body to fight infection. You can even go as far as taking Probiotics, Elderberry, Cold-Eeze, Oscillococcinum, or Echinacea, which are not scientifically proven to prevent infection; but many people believe they do.

  1. Rest

Rest as much as possible, so your body is prepared to fight any infection that comes along.  Try to relax using meditation, quiet time, music, reading, or coloring.  These are stressful times, and relaxation is important, in order to maintain body strength.

  1. Preventative Measures

Take the preventative measures recommended for everyone (hand-washing, social distancing, cover a cough or sneeze, don’t touch your face).

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor; I am a patient.  Please discuss these steps with your own doctor(s) to see if they are right for you.

 

12 Positive Things to Come from CoronaVirus Pandemic

We all need a little positivity right now.  This is a difficult time for all of us.  Change and the unknown is always hard.  Share some positive vibes, because we could all use a little cheering up right now!

Eating at Home

We’re eating out less, therefore we’re eating at home more.  We get more family time together “around the table” now, which includes a family prayer before we eat. We pray for those affected by the Coronavirus, and we express thankfulness for what we have.  We also eat healthier foods, since restaurant-foods contain a lot of sodium and fat, to make them taste good.  And a major plus: I’m cleaning out my fridge, pantry, and freezer by cooking at home!

 

Outdoor Time

We spend more time outdoors now.  Since we’re establishing social distance, we’re getting outside more by taking walks, going for a drive in the mountains, and hitting the hiking trails.  Added family time is a plus.

 

Family Time

Since we’re all at home now, we have more family time together.  Enjoy the time together and get “back to the basics”.  Do a jigsaw puzzle together, play board games, do crafts, watch movies together, do a YouTube workout video together, cook meals together; and take the time to teach your kids the things we don’t typically have time to do – how to cook, sew on a button, create a budget, and pay bills. Teach your teens how to fill out a job application and create a resume.

Enjoy the time together and sometimes just “Be Still”.  Turn off the news and social media.  Read a book or listen to an audiobook.  Sit on the porch. Lay in the sun. Sleep late. Enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.  We move at such a fast pace, that we often forget about each other.  Maybe this is God’s way of forcing us to take a breather, to sit back and focus on family, to become closer to each other again, to reconnect.

 

Be Neighborly   

Volunteer to help your neighbors (for free), especially the elderly. Help them figure out how to order their needs online, and help them get delivery for their groceries and prescriptions. Many elderly people don’t know how to use a computer, how to download an app, or how to use social media; so, help teach them. Put a sign in front of your home, or contact an elderly person you know.  Neighborhood by neighborhood, we can help each other.

 

Telecommuting Becomes the Norm

Companies will realize we can telecommute far more than we do.  Forcing companies to telecommute will show managers that jobs can still be done, and done well, from our homes instead of in an office.  All those morning traffic jams will be a thing of the past, which will result in less fossil fuel usage, which, in turn, is better for the environment. Productivity will increase, because there are less distractions at home and socializing among co-workers is eliminated. Even if companies don’t fully allow telecommuting permanently, a realization of the benefits of telecommuting might allow employees to work from home for the first two hours of the day, checking emails and returning phone calls; and staggering the starting work times will decrease traffic, especially in the larger cities, where so much time is wasted on the morning commute – sitting in traffic, wasting gas, and wasting time – all to get to work at the same time, which is totally unnecessary in today’s age and with today’s technology.  We’re creatures of habit and social norms, but it’s time for those norms to change in order for us to be more productive (and happier on our work commute!)

 

Online Voting

With a Presidential election coming, our government may be forced to implement online voting (which, IMHO, should have been done a long time ago).  Imagine no waiting in line at the polls, no voter fraud (because voting eligibility can be proven online, in order to vote), more accurate counts, faster results, and less exposure to germs and illness because we’re not all touching the poll booth buttons, one after another, during cold and flu season.

 

Online shopping

We’re all going to realize how much we can do online and wonder why we didn’t do it sooner.  Once you try online grocery ordering and pickup, you’ll never go back!  No “cart rage”, no crowds, and the comfort of waiting in your own car – or better yet, convenient delivery to your front door.

 

Telemedicine Becomes the Norm

The realization will come that Telemedicine is the way of the future, and can be a major factor in reducing Healthcare costs.

 

Better Hygiene

Since we are all becoming more aware of germs and the importance of hand washing, this should result in less colds and flu and overall better hygiene in the future.  When we start using online systems more, there will be fewer cases of all viral and bacterial infections, overall, including colds and flu. By the way, why don’t we just discontinue the whole tradition of handshaking permanently, while we’re here? (Says a borderline germaphobe… 🙂

 

U.S. Economy

Coronavirus will hurt certainly our economy during the shutdown, but when the market opens back up, it will open up with a vengeance.  People will be so tired of being “cooped up”, in their homes, that movies, shopping, restaurants should all experience a boon that will offset their losses during this time.

 

U.S. Production

When I heard that ALL of our antibiotics are made in China, it was a scary realization! It is vital to recognize that a global market only works when we can trust other countries to provide our needs. We don’t have the best of relationships with China, so what happens if we go to war or have trade wars, and they decide to withhold our medications? This situation should result in bringing more manufacturing back to the U. S., amid the realization that we need to be self-sufficient as a country.  We need vital medications, fossil fuels, and important production to be in America, where we have more control over production and availability.

 

Life Lessons

Lastly, and most importantly, we will realize what is truly important in life. We’ll appreciate our health a lot more, when are healthy.  I think the purpose of illness is to build our immunities, and to make us appreciate the times when we feel really good.  Won’t we appreciate our health and freedom so much more, when things get back to normal?! I sure will!

 

We’re going to experience a “Back to Basics” lifestyle. A generation who is said to be spoiled and entitled will experience what it’s like to do without, and realize that they’re not going to die from it. We’ll realize that “things”, vacation, travel, and shopping aren’t important.  PEOPLE are important.  FAMILY is important.  We are going to realize that we can do without the rest; but without love and kindness, we have nothing.

 

Lastly, we will survive this.  I have all the faith in the world in my fellow Americans.  We have good leadership, who take quick action.  We have companies who produce the necessary products and react to our needs.  As a general population, we are smart, we are ingenious, and we are problem-solvers.  We will survive, and we will come out better on the other end of this.  As bad as this situation truly is (because I’m absolutely in no way trying to minimize it), let’s choose to be positive, look at the bright side whenever possible, believe in humanity, and work to help each other, as we get through this – as one cohesive body – as Americans.

 

12 Positive Things to Come from Coronavirus

Eating at Home

We’re eating out less, therefore we’re eating at home more.  We get more family time together “around the table” now, which includes a family prayer before we eat. We pray for those affected by the Coronavirus, and we express thankfulness for what we have.  We also eat healthier foods, since restaurant-foods contain a lot of sodium and fat, to make them taste good.  And a major plus: I’m cleaning out my fridge, pantry, and freezer by cooking at home!

 

Outdoor Time

We spend more time outdoors now.  Since we’re establishing social distance, we’re getting outside more by taking walks, going for a drive in the mountains, and hitting the hiking trails.  Added family time is a plus.

 

Family Time

Since we’re all at home now, we have more family time together.  Enjoy the time together and get “back to the basics”.  Do a jigsaw puzzle together, play board games, do crafts, watch movies together, do a YouTube workout video together, cook meals together; and take the time to teach your kids the things we often don’t typically have time to do – how to cook, sew on a button, create a budget, and pay bills. Teach your teens how to fill out a job application and create a resume.

Enjoy the time together and sometimes just Be Still.  Turn off the news and social media.  Read a book or listen to an audiobook.  Sit on the porch. Lay in the sun. Sleep late. Enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.  We move at such a fast pace, that we often forget about each other.  Maybe this is God’s way of forcing us to take a breather, to sit back and focus on family, to become closer to each other again, to reconnect.

 

Be Neighborly   

Put a sign in front of your home, if you’re willing to help your neighbors (FOR FREE), especially the elderly. Help them figure out how to order their needs online, and help them get delivery for their groceries and prescriptions. Many elderly people don’t know how to use a computer, how to download an app, or how to use social media; so, help teach them. Neighborhood by neighborhood, we can help each other.

 

Telecommuting Becomes the Norm

Companies will realize we can telecommute far more than we do.  Forcing companies to telecommute will show managers that jobs can still be done, and done well, from our homes instead of in an office.  All those morning traffic jams will be a thing of the past, which will result in less fossil fuel usage, which is better for the environment. Productivity will increase, because there are less distractions at home and socializing among co-workers is eliminated. Even if companies don’t fully allow telecommuting permanently, a realization of the benefits of telecommuting might allow employees to work from home for the first two hours of the day, checking emails and returning phone calls; and staggering the starting work times will decrease traffic, especially in the larger cities, where so much time is wasted on the morning commute – sitting in traffic, wasting gas, and wasting time – all to get to work at the same time, which is totally unnecessary in today’s age and with today’s technology.  We’re creatures of habit, and social norms, but it’s time for those norms to change in order for us to be more productive (and happier).

 

Online Voting

With a Presidential election coming, our government may be forced to implement online voting (which, IMHO, should have been done a long time ago).  Imagine no waiting in line at the polls, no voter fraud (because voting eligibility can be proven online, in order to vote), more accurate counts, faster results, and less exposure to germs and illness because we’re not all touching the poll booth buttons, one after another, during cold and flu season.

 

Online shopping

We’re all going to realize how much we can do online and wonder why we didn’t do it sooner.  Once you try online grocery ordering and pickup, you’ll never go back!  No “cart rage”, no crowds, and the comfort of waiting in your own car – or better yet, convenient delivery to your front door.

 

Telemedicine Becomes the Norm

The realization will come that Telemedicine is the way of the future, and can be a major factor in reducing Healthcare costs.

 

Better Hygiene

Since we are all becoming more aware of germs and the importance of hand washing, this should result in less colds and flu and overall hygiene in the future.  When we start using online systems more, there will be fewer cases of all viral and bacterial infections, overall, including colds and flu. (By the way, why don’t we just discontinue the whole tradition of handshaking permanently, while we’re here?)

 

U.S. Economy

Coronavirus will hurt our economy during the shutdown, but when the market opens back up, it will open up with a vengeance.  People will be so tired of being “cooped up”, in their homes, that movies, shopping, restaurants should all experience a boon that will offset their losses during this time.

 

U.S. Production

When I heard that ALL of our antibiotics are made in China, that was a scary realization! It is vital to recognize that a global market only works when we can trust other countries to provide our needs. We don’t have the best of relationships with China, so what if we go to war, or have trade wars, and they decide to withhold our medications? This situation should result in bringing manufacturing back to the U. S., amid the realization that we need to be self-sufficient as a country.  We need vital medications, fossil fuels, and important production to be in America, where we have more control over production and availability.

 

Life Lessons

Lastly, and most importantly, we will realize what is truly important in life. We’ll appreciate our health a lot more, when are healthy.  I think the purpose of illness is to build our immunities, and to make us appreciate the times when we feel really good.  Won’t we appreciate our health and freedom so much more, when things get back to normal?! I sure will!

 

We’re going to experience a “Back to Basics” lifestyle. A generation who is said to be spoiled and entitled will experience what it’s like to do without, and realize that they’re not going to die from it. We’ll realize that things, vacation, travel, and shopping aren’t important.  PEOPLE are important.  FAMILY is important.  We are going to realize that we can do without the rest, but without love and kindness, we have nothing.

 

Lastly, we will survive this.  I have all the faith in the world in my fellow Americans.  We have good leadership, who take quick action.  We have companies who produce the necessary products and react to our needs.  As a general population, we are smart, we are ingenious, and we are problem-solvers.  We will survive, and we will come out better, on the other end of this.  As bad as this situation truly is (because I’m absolutely, in no way, trying to minimize it), let’s choose to be positive, look at the bright side whenever possible, believe in humanity, and work to help each other, as we get through this – as one cohesive body – as Americans.

 

8 Ways to Avoid Coronavirus

At a time when we’re all feeling a bit confused about how seriously to take the Coronavirus situation, it is time to take action.  The virus actually kills 3% of people who contract it…that’s 3 out of every 100 people.  To put that into perspective, imagine if you have 600 Facebook friends and we all get the virus (which is very likely)… this means 18 of your friends will DIE from it.  This is not panic, and it’s not over-reacting.  This is a PANDEMIC.  Here are 8 ways to change your lifestyle, to help avoid contracting the Coronavirus.

Restaurants

Stop eating out. Stock up on groceries using the Walmart, Target, or Amazon apps, and cook at home.

Shopping

Order groceries on the Walmart or Target app, to pick up, instead of shopping in-store.  Order from retailers using their online sites, rather than going in-store; and order everything else from Amazon.

Banking

Change to online banking (direct deposit, make payments online, transfer money online).

Deposit checks using your banking app. (This works by taking a photo of your check, in the app.  Pretty high-tech!)

Prescriptions

Transfer prescriptions to an online pharmacy. (Contact your insurance company to find out which pharmacy to use.)  Call your doctor and request additional refills to be sent to the online pharmacy.

Personal hygiene

Discontinue personal hygiene away from home, as it involves close bodily contact.  (For example, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, tanning, massage, facials, and even haircuts and coloring. )

Pets

Order extra pet food and medicines; and find a veterinarian who makes house calls.

Car Maintenance                                                                              

Before Coronavirus hits your area, get your oil and/or tires changed now; and start washing your car at home, rather than using a public Car Wash.

All Else

Avoid trips to the dry cleaner by wearing washable clothes, or ironing at home.

If you have an errand you must run outside the home, Google it first, to see if it can be done online.  Errands like car registration, renewing a driver’s license, ordering stamps, and printing labels to mail packages can all be done online.

Social isolation is the key to avoiding the Coronavirus.  Although some of us work in fields where we must leave our homes, if we take the measures above, we can at least limit our exposure to the Coronavirus.

His Name is Roy

To give, or not to give.  THAT is the question.

His name is Roy.  We passed him on the street today, as we were taking a nice mid-day walk to Gardener’s Restaurant, on our lunch hour.  He was an elderly man, dressed in khaki pants and a collared work shirt, but both looked old and worn.  His unshaven face was lined with wrinkles, and his shoulders drooped forward as he walked.   As he passed us, he commented about the new building across the street and how nice it looked.  We stopped to talk to him about the building, and my friend quietly turned her back to me, drew her wallet from her purse, and politely asked him if she could give him some money.  He said, “Sure!” and took the money from her hand.  I stood and watched, wondering if the man was homeless, wondering if he really needed the money, and wondering if he worked.  I’m a strong believer in working for what you receive.  I’ve always believed that it’s not fair for one man to benefit from another man’s work.  I believe in giving, but only to people who are truly needy.

Roy began to open the paper bag he was carrying and withdrew a ripe, plump, bright red tomato.  Obviously, he had just been to the Farmer’s Market nearby, and the only thing he had bought was this one large, delicious-looking tomato.  He offered it to her, in exchange for the money she had given him, and she took it.  I guess he felt that if he received a gift, he should give a gift in return.  I was touched that he would give up the one thing he had purchased today.

He began to tell us that he had fought in the Vietnam War, which we could already tell from the label on the ball cap he wore.  He began to tell us about the day he left for war.  “I was seventeen when I got drafted.  On the day I was to leave, my little sister, who was eight years old, stood before me with tears streaming down her face, begging me not to leave.  Even at seventeen, I knew that I had to be the adult, and I had to be strong for her, while inside, my thoughts were completely different.  Inside, I wondered what my life would be like, where I’d be going, and most of all, I wondered if I’d ever return, or if this would be the last time we spoke.  ‘Now, now, Mary Beth.  Don’t you cry.  I’ll only be gone for a little while.  Can you stop crying now, just for me?’  Mary Beth tried to stop her sobs, and slowly began to quiet them.  He paused for a moment, as if he were looking at the past, and said, “And look at me now. I’m still here.”  My friend and I were touched by his story, and we patiently chatted a while longer with the man, obviously a person who just needed someone to talk with today.  A few minutes later, we thanked him for his service, as we turned away and continued our walk to lunch.   The words he said, as we walked away, will stay with me forever.  In a feeble, shaky voice, he said, “I’d go again for you, if I needed to”, as he smiled, waved and walked away, leaving me to continue my walk, blurred by tears at the thought that this elderly man would go to war again, for his country, and for ME.

That evening, I had a long-distance phone call with my mother, and she told me she had heard a sermon about giving, that day.  I thought it ironic that she would bring this up, on the same day I had met “Roy”.  She said, “The Bible says that when one man asks for food, you are Biblically required to give it to him.”  I said, “But he didn’t work for it.”  She said, “You don’t know his story, and you don’t know what he’s done.  It is not ours to judge.“  Sometimes, moms have the best advice, at the most opportune moments.  Her comments made me delve into my Bible, for what God has to say about giving.

 

 Deuteronomy 15:7-11 says,

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ ”

Proverbs 28:27 says, “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

So the true question is not “To give or not to give.”  The true question is whether we, as Christians, will follow the word of God and give to the poor and needy.  Or will we turn our heads and walk away?

This entry was posted on August 31, 2014, in Daily Life.