Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I have been absent for several weeks. My health took an very unexpected turn, and I now am on Oxygen all the time! It has left me very depressed for so many reasons. I am stuck on a 100 ft. oxygen tube for the distance I can go anywhere in home (my home is much bigger than this! I no longer can be near the stove or oven due to my increased risk of catching myself on fire. That leaves my son and husband having to always cook now. I still can cut up things, mix things, but nothing near a source of heat. I would not mind, but neither my husband or son like to cook like I do, and my husband refuses to follow my directions on how to cook certain things... he has his own idea of how to cook things and will not follow my directions or even a recipe! My son just does not want to cook! His extent is to put things in the oven for me and hope my husband will take them out when they are done! Forget cooking anything on the stove top! As a result of all the sudden changes, my depression, and in general losing my motivation, I am sure I have picked up some weight now over the past 2-3 weeks. I plan to weigh tomorrow and try and get back on track some. I hoping it will not be too bad that I just want to give up! But I really need to stay online here and get myself back on track! I do have a Physical Therapist coming in to home twice a week, so I am hoping that will help me get back some energy to be able to exercise. They have told me to just pace myself and quit before I become tired. No one has yet figured out why I suddenly have a need for oxygen all the time, but without it I am very short of breath anymore. My endurance is terrible. Though they did an X-Ray, it was unable to even give them any clue what happened. All anyone knows is without the oxygen, my oxygen saturation drops to 70's to mid 80%. A normal is above 90%! I am at the point they are probably going to be sending me to a Pulmonalogist to figure out my problem. Though first I have to see a Dermatologist for a Biopsy of a Rash that the Doctor has no idea of the cause, but it is continuing to get worse, and spreading, which is what they had Home Health come in to help with to begin with. All I know is it is very itchy and hurts a lot whether I am sitting up or laying down. Everyone thought at first it was Shingles, but then the Doctor determined it was not because I had the Shingles Shot and the Rash does not follow the pattern of a Shingles Rash. Also I have had this same Rash 2 yeas ago, and they never did figure out what it was, and it took a week of hospitalization on IV antibiotics and weeks of oral antibiotics before they cleared it up. I am just ready to be well and get rid of this oxygen!!!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I know I have been absent from here a number of days, but with good reason. I knew I still was not feeling well after multiple antibiotics and multiple roads of antibiotics. This week was the worst yet. Finally I went back to my Doctor on Thursday feeling worse than ever. She decided then to order Home Health Care to try and help with clearing up some of my infections, and resolve some of my Home mobility issues that are always worse with illness. Friday the nurse came and the first thing they discovered while assessing my URI is besides the congestion the Doctor already was addressing with Inhalers, I had oxygen saturation's down to 83%! A normal is 90% or above. Mine did not even come close even while sitting at rest. So I am now on oxygen all the time. It certainly has helped me feel less sleepy and more alert than I was. They also have Therapy coming in this next week to try and help get my strength back. So needless to say, almost any exercise has been too taxing lately. Despite all that, I had dropped two more pounds at the Doctor's office, but I have not weighted at home lately to record a new weight on here. I have been eating what I could tolerate, but my appetite has been so bad, it has not been anywhere near what I should have eaten. I have eaten healthy though, probably because that is all we have available in the house now... which is good. We even ended up with some thin mint girl scout cookies, that my son decided to just freeze since none of us felt like being tempted by them, and they are still there...all of them!!! Right now, I am just focusing on getting well and staying out of the Hospital, which was the Doctor's other choice.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I am sure some of my friends here have wondered where I have been for a few days here. I have been sick and then sicker from the treatment! I ended up with Doctor ordering more antibiotics, and at much higher doses. I never do well on these "Big Guns" antibiotics, as they always make me nauseated and tired all the time. This has been no different. As a result I ended up having to drink more Tea than water and probably more Carbs to help with nausea than I would like. Then, as if that was not enough I have ended up with a Yeast infection just about anywhere Yeast can grow on a body. I see the Doctor tomorrow for this, and I have a feeling it will require another oral anti-fungal medication to clear this infection up. I have had the medication used to treat yeast before, and it makes me even more nauseated. Unfortunately I am going to be on the antibiotic 14 days at least this time. so I still have a while to go feeling like this!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Just taking it easy and sleeping a lot lately. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and lots of sinus congestion again, and I have just finished the antibiotics for the upper respiratory infection! Not sure if it is another infection, the antibiotic did not work on the last infection, or it is a viral infection this time. Guess I will just wait it out a few days and see what happens. I am not eating very well still. . . still no appetite! But I am making sure to drink plenty of water since I am still on an antibiotic for the UTI. Tomorrow I think I will help DH and DS make homemade vegetable soup with fresh vegetables and maybe some beans for fiber and protein. I have some chicken broth I can use too. That actually sounds good and maybe I will feel like eating some of it... at least more than what I have felt like eating the last few days.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
It's snowing and very windy and cold today. The kind of day to crawl under the covers and just SLEEP!!! I felt like doing that, but just had to get up. We did not go out though, like we usually do on Sunday for Church... the roads are just too icy! So, guess I will just spend the day crocheting while my DH watches NCIS reruns on the NCIS marathon! I think we have seen all of them more than a dozen times. It makes it easier to crochet for me though, since I can pay attention to my stitches rather than the show on TV. Today is definitely stay home and stay warm day though!!!!!
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