When I was a young child, I was diagnosed as having bronchial asthma. I can remember the “attacks” which were extremely frightening. For those of you who have never experienced this horrifying ordeal, I pray you never will. In my case, my bronchial tube (airway) constricted and greatly reduced the amount of air getting to my lungs, which resulted in a feeling of being suffocated and panic.
The doctors at the time predicted I would out-grow the asthmatic condition and thank God, they called it right! Not only did I out-grow the condition but everything else too (shoes, socks underwear, and shirts and pants.) I experienced my last asthma attack when I was at the age of 12 years.
My breathing issues seemed to have corrected itself after that point in time and like many gullible young men at that time I took up the filthy habit of “smoking” when I joined the military because I though it was “the thing to do.” Now we all should be aware of what history has proven about the ravages of tobacco on our society. Fortunately I stopped that awful habit before any noticeable damage was done to my body, but it is not over yet.
In 2011, I noticed an extreme symptom of shortness of breath and was diagnosed by Loma Linda VA Medical Center as having “pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure and COPD.” I was put on oxygen to assist in my breathing and an oxygen concentrator was installed in my residence.
It seems to be a strange misconception when we are young that we are invincible and will live forever because most of us are enjoying good health at that period of our lives. Well, like Grand Pa said, “Just keep wakin’ up boy.” and “A hard head makes a soft behind”, referring to the warnings we ignore from the elders concerning their concern for our well being. News flash … old sayings are old for a reason, because they are true.
The medical field has advanced in leaps and bounds in many areas of diagnosing and treatment for many medical issues over the past century and there is still a long way to go. One of the best things we can do to help ourselves in this area is to heed the current findings and warnings and at least investigate the situations. We do have more resources at our disposal to reach an informed decision.
If a person reading this article is currently using tobacco in any form do yourself a favor and stop now. The same applies to drug use and anything else that is ingested into the body that was not intended by God. While you may not see any immediate adverse effects now, you do not know what the future holds for you.
Due to certain gases and chemicals I worked with as a young soldier more that 50 years ago there are symptoms that are just now manifesting themselves in my body at this point in my life such as my shortness of breath issue which may be a result of my extreme exposure to Freon gas and other refrigerants and chemicals I worked with in the past. We will never be current on all pertinent information concerning our health.
Let a word to the wise be sufficient.