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How About a Little History Lesson?
The story of St. Patrick, or the “Apostle of Ireland,” actually started out in the pagan religion. While not much is known about his early life, later writings depicted what happened to him. At one point in his early adult life, St. Patrick was captured near Scotland and taken to Ireland to serve as a slave. Escaping years later, he would return to his family who were Romans living in Great Britain. St. Patrick would eventually return to Ireland for mission work after finding a place as a cleric and then eventually a Bishop in the Catholic Church. Around 600 AD, he was already known as the Patron Saint of Ireland among the people.
Believe it or not, St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in the America in 1737. The Charitable Irish Society of Boston celebrated the day with an enormous feast and religious service. The celebration in the colonies was meant to honor and celebrate the Irish culture that so many colonists had been separated from. Over time, the holiday has adapted to include parades, green themed parties and of course, excessive drinking.
Drinking with a Lung Disease
For some, St. Patrick’s Day is the chance to drink unimaginable amounts of alcohol, but if you are living with a lung disease, you may not have that luxury. This holiday, we decided to include a few tips for you to enjoy this holiday to the fullest, especially if you are looking to enjoy a pint or two. Here are some things you might want to consider:
- If you take medications. Alcohol is known to interfere with several different medications, including steroids and antibiotics. It can also increase the effects of anxiety and pain medications to the point that your heart and breathing slow down to a dangerous, sometimes fatal, level. If you have questions, talk about it with your physician.
- Drink in moderation. This is a no-brainer, but limit your drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption can decrease your lung function.
- Bring a friend. Perhaps one of the best things you can do is bring a friend or family member that can help keep track of your progress. If you start to feel tired, let your friend know.
- Stick with the light stuff. If you intend to drink, try to stick with the light stuff. Having a little alcohol isn’t bad for you but be aware of your limits.
Overall, we hope you enjoy a wonderful Irish day, but be mindful of the effects of your celebrating on your lung disease. If you or a loved one is interested in stem cell therapy for lung disease, then contact us at the Lung Institute to learn more or call (800) 729-3065 today.