Friday, December 07, 2012
Don't like to tempt fate, but the signs are the antibiotics are working.
I still tire easily, but feel better in myself in spite of that.
I still have some chest pain, but nothing the Costo hasn't had me used to coping with.
Cough has all but gone, aside from an occasional spasm.
Bloody mucus all but gone.
Appetite has returned. I'm even in the mood to experiment with food. Anyone ever mashed cannelini beans into their mashed potato with a little olive oil and some parsley? I plan to do that in the next couple of days if I continue to feel better. I do love Waitrose recipe cards. So many fascinating ideas. :-)
Sinuses are still playing havoc, but the pneumonia headache seems to be gone completely.
Blood tests results in today show I need to complete the course of antibiotics I was given because infection is present, but all is well aside from that and a 'slight abnormality' in my liver function. Apparently that isn't anything urgent and they have given me an appt for 10 days time to discuss it with my GP.
(Confused by that, I'll be honest. It worries me to be told that and nothing else, and then to have to wait ten days to find out what it is all about!)
I won't get the chest x-ray results until the middle of next week.
Been very good and stayed in all day in the warm and out of the rain, sleet and snow!!! Even though I wanted bananas. Am currently in negotiation with Tara to come home via Waitrose so she can get me a couple of them. :-)
Mission accomplished! She's going to get me some broccoli too. :-) In return, I'm putting the kettle on.
Catch you later.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
There I am strolling down the stairs at 6.30 this morning thinking to myself, "My, it is unusually bright outside this morning ... Uh, oh!"
*rushes into sitting room and peers out of the curtains*
EXPLETIVE!!!!! It's snowing! Oh, great!!! That's going to seriously mess with our plans today!
I go into the kitchen to put on the heating and the kettle just as Tara walks in.
"What's up?" she asks.
For answer, I reached into the kitchen drawer, pulled out the back door key, walked across the room, inserted key in lock, and opened the back door with a flourish...
In silence, I made the tea, while Tara mulled over the situation.
"Well, it isn't too bad", she says, "I reckon I can walk to college ok."
So the discussion ensued, about ice, slipping, and taxi rides.
The upshot - Tara would start to walk to college, and if it was too slippery she would come back and share the taxi I was getting to the hospital. The taxi that was booked for 9.30am because the outpatients gets busy, but you have to be there by 11.30am to be sure to get your blood test done, and if you need an x-ray too you need to get there earlier because the x-ray department closes between 12 and 2, and you don't want to be forced to hang around for two hours to get an x-ray because of delays in the blood dept.
I figured that even with the snow disruption it would give me plenty of time to get there.
Yeah ... right!
So Tara set off at around 8.15, and I stand in the window to wave her off ... in the wrong direction! Cue frantic phonecall from Mum to say, "Where are you going?" A minute later Tara trudges past the house going in the right direction this time, muttering into her phone, "What was I thinking?"
Happens to all of us! :-)
Then I head upstairs, get washed and dressed, and apply my walking boots to my feet for a stroll to the Co-op to get some cash out. One short and very slippery trip later, I'm back home relieved to think I will be having a door-to-door service to the hospital with minimal pavement action. At least the snow is slushy - a good sign that it will go away before the end of the day, all being well.
And I sit and wait for the taxi until 1/4 to ten, but no sign of it, so I ring them, and ring and ring and ring. Must have been three minutes before someone finally answered the phone!
Only to inform me that they were running 45 minutes behind schedule!
Great! Still, as long as it wasn't much worse than that it would be alright. Tara had made it to college ok, so it wasn't like she was sitting here waiting as well.
So I hung in there - until 10.40am!!! I was just about to ring and say forget it, when the taxi pulled up, thank the gods!
The driver had me at the hospital by 10.55am, and I was in having blood removed twenty minutes later. And about 20 minutes after that I was standing pressed - bare skin to flippin' cold steel - having my chest x-ray done.
When I got out of the hospital I could see little point in trying to get a taxi to come get me. It was quite cold, they were probably still well behind schedule, and so standing around in the cold in my condition would be stupid, and walking is supposed to be ok, so I decided to walk into town - a ten minutes so my exercise streak sorted - and catch a taxi from the rank on the high street instead.
When I reached town I remembered I had a bill to pay, and that there were a couple of library books waiting for me, so I sorted those out seeing as I felt ok, and then I walked past the pasty shop, the smell of which made me feel hungry. Moments later I emerged with a pasty in my shopping bag, and headed to the high street thinking longingly of getting home to munch it for my lunch. I was halfway down East Hill before I remembered I was supposed to be getting a taxi home.
OOOPS!!!! Force of habit you see. *gulp*
Well, by this point it would have been silly to walk all the way back to the high street, so I kept going, knowing that I could wait at a bus stop if I felt too tired to continue.
As it was on the way, I popped into Waitrose for a couple of bits, and walked into the house about 1pm. A bit achey, but otherwise fine.
I must admit I hadn't planned that, and I do feel very tired and I'm heading to bed as soon as I finish this, but *touchwood* I think I got away with it.
BUT, no more trips out aside from Waitrose tomorrow. But Tara is coming with me and dragging Wilbur home for me (my shopping bag on wheels), so I don't strain myself. :-)
Then a long weekend of recovery time, I hope. :-)
Looking forward to a lot of r&r. :-)
Oh, and the snow has all but disappeared! :-)
You know Christmas is approaching when you can buy sprouts on a stick! LOL
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.
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