Breathe Easy with Your New Year's Resolution
At the beginning of the New Year I found myself doing what many do - considering and making my New Year's Resolutions. Each year I always decide that I will lose weight, eat healthier, exercise regularly and play more with my kids. What was going to be different this year? What was going to keep me from drifting from my resolution this year?
On January 1st this year I reflected on the fact that my children are growing up and involved in some great things, I am going back to school and I am extremely involved in continuing the numerous asthma education initiatives in New Mexico. I WANT and NEED to stay healthy, fit and BREATHING! I have a real reason to follow through.
My resolution - I will work to breathe easy! It might seem simple, or even silly, but it will not be easy. I know that if I have controlled asthma, I can do anything and everything that I want and need to do.
As I began formulating my resolution, I came up with the following plan of 10 action items and encourage you to consider the same.
1. Review my Asthma Action Plan and remind those around me of what to do if I have an asthma episode.
2. Check my asthma medications for expiration dates and quantities (including refills) on a monthly basis
3. Make sure my nebulizer is in working order and make sure the filter is clean each month
4. Clean my asthma HFA inhalers and tools on a weekly basis (according to the specific direction for each)
5. Schedule my planned asthma visits to my physician
6. Update my Personal Medical Record (I carry a medical information card in my wallet of significant health issues & medications - in case of an emergency)
7. Educate myself regarding asthma issues
8. Exercise daily
9. Eat healthy foods (with some planned "fun foods")
10. Remember WHY I need to do the previous 9 things on a daily basis
If I don't do these things, I will be frustrated, sick, tired and sick of being tired! I know that if I do these things I will be in a better situation to be able to keep up with my kids, go to school, stay as busy as I want to be in my asthma education organization, and best of all, I will be able to BREATHE EASY!
So, as you consider your New Year's Resolution, and it is not too late to do so, think about why you want or need to breathe easier. Think about what you do and want to do that requires you to be able to breathe well with controlled asthma. Join me in making 2009 the year that YOU can BREATHE EASY!