Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Can exercise streaks and pneumonia get along? That is the question. :-)
One of the main reasons I was so shocked by the pneumonia diagnosis is that I really don't feel that bad! Ok, so I'm coughing quite a bit, and some of the gunk I'm coughing up is a bit bloody (and it was that which sent me scurrying to the doc because we all know that is not a good thing to be happening). And my temp is erratic - from 97 degrees to 102 at times, but normal the rest of the time, and my sinuses are playing games with me, and I have a little breathlessness and chest wall pain which I thought was the costo playing up, until I discovered they are also symptoms of pneumonia, and I have a really sore head when I cough. And I can feel fine one minute and exhausted the next. And we all know how stubborn I am about things like putting myself to bed when I'm ill. :-)
But truthfully, given all I normally have to deal with costo sinuses diverticular fun and games - I don't feel that bad!
I must admit, though, I am feeling rather nervous. I know that if I don't take good care of myself, and avoid other people who are sick, it could get a lot worse very quickly!
So I did what a lot of us do these days, and went on the internet for advice. And became very confused. Because there is no straightforward advice for people with pneumonia, because pneumonia itself varies so much - what with the different types of pneumonia there are, and how differently it can affect people.
Anyway, what cheered me was my doctor's words when she was examining me yesterday. She said that at least you are still on your feet, so that's good. Now I need to figure out how best to STAY on my feet. :-)
So, having perused several professional medical and health sites, this is the general consensus of opinion as to what I need to do:
Drink plenty of water at least 6-8 glasses per day! Drinking plenty of liquids helps keep the mucus in your lungs thin and loose. This can help you cough up the extra secretions in your lungs that are making it hard for you to breathe.
Thankyou SP! I already drink this much water every day!
Avoid alcohol not a problem! :-)
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in the antioxidants C, E, and beta-carotene, which may boost the functioning of your immune system.
Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C and E) are important for healthy immune function. Be sure to eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach) and orange or yellow-colored fruits and vegetables (carrots, oranges, mangos, apricots).
Thankyou SP! I already eat plenty of freggies most days and will check which ones fit this particular bill! :-)
Be sure to get at least 8 hours of rest a night, preferably in a warm room. You may need extra rest, such as naps, while recovering from pneumonia.
This is a little trickier, given the occasional coughing fit, and the fact I am not sleeping too well at the moment, but I'll do my best. :-)
In general, sitting in a chair and walking is good for your lungs. You need to be up as much as you can tolerate without getting too tired. Balance rest periods with activity during the day. Pace yourself. Try to be out of bed and active without becoming too tired.
Pneumonia affects each person differently. Talk with your doctor about when to return to your usual activities such as driving, working, and exercising. Keep in mind that it can take up to a month to get your strength back after having pneumonia.
But hey, at least mine has been caught early! :-)
NO exercise when in the grip of a fever! My body has enough to do when my temp is up (or down), so adding exercise is not at all helpful!
So, the final pressing question is
Can I continue my exercise streak?
The answer to that is YES!
As long as I am VERY careful not to overdo things, and keep it nicely low impact, such as walking, and maybe some light stretching moves. No pushing my limits for a while, but the streak still lives - for now! :-)
As long as I STOP if there is ANY sign of deterioration in my condition.
So, no lectures please! :-) I promise that I will NOT do anything I don't feel able to do, and if I have a bad day and have to break the streak I will break it no arguments. :-)
So, tomorrow, assuming I feel well enough, I'm off to the hospital for the blood tests and the chest x-rays. Bryony is treating me to a taxi in each direction so I don't overstrain myself the walk would have been around 3/4 hour each way, and I had to agree that I wasn't sure I'd be up to that.
Monday, December 03, 2012
That was a shock! My head started to ache really badly when I coughed, and I started to cough up a little blood yesterday morning in the general bug gunge, and as it was still happening this morning I went to the doc. She listened to my chest and could hear crackling noises in my upper right lung, so I am on antibiotics and have to go to the hospital for blood tests and a chest x-ray.
I was NOT expecting this, but the doc says the good thing is that I'm still on my feet, so it could be a lot worse! :-)
Unfortunately, when I rang the hospital about my diverticular disease and polyp consultation to see what they thought would be best given the situation, they decided to move my appointment. I was supposed to see them this week, but am now not seeing them until 18th January. *sigh*
Pneumonia trumps Polyps!
Hope your week is shaping up to be better than mine! :-)
Saturday, December 01, 2012
One of my spark friends made me think today. She wrote this blog:
What she wrote really got me thinking, and as a result I've had to go back through my blogs to check a few things. I seem to have been what I've been considering 'stuck' at around 12 1/2 stone for well over a year now. I've been telling myself, and others, that I wouldn't say no to losing another stone, but I'm not too worried.
That was the truth of the matter. Another stone lost wouldn't hurt, but I feel very comfortable as I am, so no biggie either way. :-)
Having read Speedy's post, however, I think it may be time to drop the whole, 'another stone wouldn't hurt', and instead realise that my body is happily maintaining at this time. I waver between 12 stone 7lbs and 12 stone 10lbs, and it feels fine to me. I think the only way to lose more would be to switch to low fat spreads, artificial sweeteners, and forgo my little treats, and I don't want to stop enjoying my food.
Besides, in the close to four years since I joined Sparkpeople I've lost 2 stone! That is a terrific achievement, and not to be overshadowed by the attitude that it isn't really enough. I can hear it in my head. Two stones gone is pretty good, but it could be a lot better!
The real celebration should be that I have lost two stone, and I've kept it off for over a year now! I am eating more healthily, getting my 5 freggies in most days, and rarely less than 3 or 4 on the rest of the days. I am drinking at least 8 glasses of water 99 days out of a hundred, and only short a glass or two on my off days. I get exercise almost daily, with only occasional rest days, and have recently started a daily streak to keep that going.
And talking of that, my streak is now 8 days. Yesterday I did a little aerobics using Exerbeat, and today, because my head didn't want to be moved much thanks to bunged sinuses, I did a couple of Coach Nicole's Dumbbell upper body exercise videos. :-)
So, here we are in December 2012, the dreaded date is looming...
I'm putting off some stuff until after the 21st. Such as filling in my tax return. Well, I agree that this whole end of the world thing is probably hocum, but just in case, there's no point making the last three weeks of my life miserable, eh? :-) Let's face it, if it's true, I'm not gonna be needing that tax return!
Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Seriously, when I have a coughing fit, what do I clutch? My abdominal muscles are aching from the coughing, and it takes both my arms to clutch them while I cough.
However, the back of my neck also aches from the coughing, so I have to relinquish the abdominal hold with one hand, to clutch the back of my neck.
But then, my head feels like my brain is crashing around inside my skull when I cough (mind you, that could explain a few things). So I need an extra couple of hands to cradle that.
And now, just to add an element of fun to the proceedings, my weak bladder has decided to add a new dimension to my day. Yes, I now now pee when I cough, causing a flailing of arms as I try to clutch my abdomen, neck, head and knickers all at once with only two arms.
Tara is coughing again at the moment, but because of laughter at my contortions this time. Cheeky kid! The move that tipped her over the edge was when I coughed as I was lifting a leg of chicken out of the fridge (wrapped, fortunately, because where that ended up, no one would fancy eating it tonight, that's for sure!!!). The resultant attempt to clutch my bladder with my right leg while balancing on my left leg and clutching both my stomach and neck, then freaking out because a cold wet something in my left hand hit my neck, well, it defies description!
Suffice to say Tara damn near wet herself too at that point!!!
Panic ensued as I threw the chicken from my hand! Who knew a chicken leg could fly! Waitrose brings your chicken back to life! Could be an interesting store motto.
Anyhoo, at least, as I said, it was bagged up, and retrievable from the dark recesses of my kitchen, and it is currently sitting demurely in a bowl waiting to be heated through. I would have tied it down, but it promised to behave itself this time. It is smothered in rosemary and garlic. That should freak my germs out, don't you think? :-)
In other news...
Had a bit of luck at the RSPCA charity shop today. Got a copy of Eagles CD - Long Walk Out of Eden for 25p. What a fabulous album!
Well, that is about it for today.
Oh, yes I did get my daily streak in, cold as it was. :-) 9 Just Dance songs, which were on my bingo cards and challenge games.
While standing in the crowded bus, I noticed a young man, who was holding onto the same pole, staring at me. Eventually, he said, "Excuse me. This is my stop."
Since I wasn't blocking his way, I was confused.
"Well," I said, "go ahead."
"And this is my pole," he said.
I was completely perplexed until the young man added, "I just bought it at the hardware store to hold up my shower curtain."
Oh, I see... Sorry about that... *bursts out laughing as the situation becomes clear to my fuddled brain, adding to the laughter from the passengers within earshot*
Have a less dramatic day than me! LOL
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