I am starting to exercise again, which is an important part of my COPD treatment. I can take all of the inhalers and avoid crowds to prevent infections, but if I don't exercise, I will only decline.
Exercise builds muscles, which then work more efficiently, helping to keep oxygen going to the right places and decreases shortness of breath. I know this firsthand. But since exercise was never really a strong component of my life before COPD, it's hard to keep the momentum going now. I don't like to exercise and can come up with a million excuses not to so I have to be careful to keep myself motivated over and over again.
Megan is no longer touring with Matt Nathanson, and is nesting with her husband. It's pure pleasure to see this happen. She's happier and more content than I've seen her in several years. Selfishly, I'm hoping to be a grandmother one of these days very soon.
I've had some serious challenges over the past couple of years, but I think I've come out on the other side only slightly worse for wear. I want this year to be a good one, in which I will be productive and happy and content. It's up to me and I'm up for the work to make it happen.