I try and do what I can to manage my life without obsessing over my stats.
I have all my meds packed into envelopes, and I run a log each day as part of my endocrynologist’s directive to be “mindful” about everything I’m doing and eating in order to manage the diabetes.
All that being said, though, it’s the breathing that makes me craziest. Given lung capacity of 33%, that means that 2/3rds of my lungs are crap. Basically, the cellar is flooded as the bottom of my lungs are scarred and don’t work well due to that damage. Atelecasis (spelling?)
If I get nervous or stressed, my chest tightens, making it even more difficult to breathe and get more oxygen.
So, as part of trying to self-diagnose my exhaustion and find a solution, I ended up picking up a pulse oxygen saturation meter. It’s been very helpful to see if any of my biofeedback / deep breathing efforts are working when I’m particularly short of breath.
A particularly helpful game when I’m short of breath is to deeply inhale and exhale while watching the meter to see if I can get the number to climb. Zen’ing out while practicing mindful breathing exercises can’t hurt. When I’m congested, it helps to get me back on the road to wellness by forcing my lungs to clear.
If you have COPD or asthma, do you know your stats, and do you have any similar rituals or habits to force your ox-sat to stay as high as it can go?