Tarpon and breathing

During our snorkel tour in Belize, our tour guide, Omar, took us on a side trip to see and feed the tarpon.

Unfortunately, I found that I was no longer able to breathe and lay on my stomach AT ALL.  I’m sad to say that I couldn’t last more than 30-45 seconds on my stomach, so my attempt at feeding the tarpon was wasted, but it was still great to see them swimming and see others try.

So much of our lives with COPD is spent on the sidelines that it’s important to not forget to TRY.  There is joy in the trying, even if one fails.

Being competitive, though, I was relieved to note that I wasn’t the only one who could not feed the tarpon.

They were beautiful to see, though.  What a great adventure !

2 thoughts on “Tarpon and breathing

  1. Was it the humidity there that caused your breathing issues? Or just progression of the disease overall? Will you be on oxygen in the future? I know hubby was on that 24/7 at the end.


  2. I honestly don’t know the answer, Melanie. I didn’t get a breathing test before my trip due to the insurance refusal to allow me to see my doc (and that’s part of why that was the final straw that caused me to fire that supplemental insurer and damn the consequences for the rest of the year for paying for my necessary meds).

    I was really struggling to breathe with the MRI scan in November, and that was only holding my breath for as long as I could while laying down and being thumped on my liver (23-35 seconds, max). (I’ve since found out that I can take that test sitting up, which is what they should have chosen for me in the first place as it’s harder to breathe in any position other than sitting up or lying with my head raised). I still haven’t seen the liver doc as she was out of the country until Feb, and I cancelled my early March appointment due to being unable to get the insurance provider to confirm that they would cover the cost of the appointment.

    My breathing was normal (for me) overall while traveling, except when we hit high humidity areas, and then I deflated like a cheap balloon after a very short time. Harvest Caye really sapped my strength due to all the rain in the air, but it was a normal struggle (for me) and not anything particularly different.

    I’ve never been good lying on my stomach, even as a child, and I just think that my holding my breath (a very bad habit) while trying to keep my grip on the side of the boat and lean out to hold out the fish was just too much for my diaphragm to handle and still allow me to breathe. While I can still pass for normal, I have zip for endurance. Not sure if that’s from the long Winter / lack of exercise in wet breathing conditions, or if my exhaustion is getting worse.

    I don’t ever expect to be on oxygen, as my saturation rates are still 96-97% most days, and as I don’t want life-prolonging oxygen when it’s not going to change anything regarding the rest of my slowly failing organs. But, we’ll see what happens when or if my saturation rates begin to fall.

    Overall, I still feel good but I’m noticing I am unable to get my taxes done due to lack of interest and ongoing tiredness. Eating is again a major chore as I need a nap after any kind of meal. (Very frustrating). We’ll see if things improve for me as the heat and deserty conditions return with Summer, as that’s always when I feel my best. The hotter and drier the better.


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