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2nd Day Exercising

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

well today was my second day exercising........walked 1.9miles, in 45 minutes, which is 5minutes faster than on Monday, and did my strength training exercises as well. Learned something though, I'm going to be hungry after exercising so I'm going to have to set aside some food for that. I kinda crashed and craved today, adding some BK and McDonalds fast food to what I ate today, There went my colories and fat for the day, but I'm gonna get right back on that "horse" and try try again. I'm sure that is not going to be the one and only time I fall off track and I am convinced that I WILL learn from my mistakes.

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LORRAANN77 11/15/2009 10:49AM

    Great job on the walking! You're an inspiration to me!
Keep up the great work!

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BONNIE627 9/10/2009 3:12PM

    learn from our mistakes is what we are suppose to do.. you will get there.. just plan some healthier food to eat after walking.

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CHERYLRG 9/10/2009 12:47PM

    Great attitude!


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BELTONWALKER67 9/10/2009 9:19AM

    You are doing great! It takes time and lots of patience with yourself and you can reach all your dreams and goals one step at a time. Keep on Sparking.

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LANNBOL22 9/9/2009 10:35PM

    You will learn. It is all about motivation, which is probably the toughest thing for someone to have and keep. Good luck in your trek.

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Asthma + Exercise = No Attack?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ok, so I've been asthmatic since I was 5, and not lucky to have allergy asthma, but I got exercise indused asthma. And this past week has been the week of asthma hell. I have been wanting to get back walking but just didn't trust my lungs. So yesterday I finally geared up for a SLOW walk, easy does it, right?

I started exercising in april and that lasted for only a few weeks, and i think that was because I over did it. So yesterday I got my ipod, put on my sneakers, took two puffs of my inhaler and out I went. 1.9 miles in 50 minutes, no shortness of breath or anything. When I got home I also did the core strength training Spark has suggested. I feel really good about this........not really too concerned if I;m getting a real areobic exercise right now. Just figuring that if I can build my body and lungs up, by the time I get my asthma back under control areobic walking isn't going to be as much of a problem as it has been in the past.

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LORRAANN77 11/15/2009 10:51AM

    Any kinda of start is good, and I think it's commendable that you're being conscious and cautious with your asthma.
With slow and steady work, you'll get there!
Way to go!

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BONNIE627 9/10/2009 3:09PM

    way to go.. just start slow and keep at it..

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GRANDMA442 9/10/2009 10:20AM

    This is what I need to do, too. Thanks for sharing. I have been afraid to try!

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PEGGYEV 9/9/2009 6:23PM

    I have had asthma since the age of 6. I also suffer from exercise induced asthma. What I have found is key for doing cardio for me is having a slow, steady ramp up of my heart/breathing rate. If I start off too quickly, I will trigger my asthma, but if I work up progressively I don't. I'll take 10 minutes to work up to my target heart rate - more if necessary depending on how I'm feeling. But once I do that, I can work at the upper end of my target heart rate without triggering an attack. And it does get better as your lungs get stronger.

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TXSPLA 9/9/2009 2:55PM

    That is great you had a good walk and core exercises. Don't push too hard - take it slow and easy.


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ELKAY6 9/9/2009 6:06AM

    So glad you had a good day!!!

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NYCGRRL 9/9/2009 1:13AM

    That sounds like the best way to do it.

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Things Are Looking Brighter

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Well got up this morning and I could breathe! Well ok not really, but a whole LOT better than I have been. Lets face it, this has been the asthmatic week of HELL. The prednisone is definately working and I just got two more days of pills, and I doubt that I'm going to have to use my nebulizer today. Pretty soon I think I can start walking.

I've wanted to go walking for a while now but when my asthma was kicking in full force there's no way in hell I'm going to exerercise, would be like committing suicide. Not trusting my lungs today either, but crossing my fingers for tomorrow.

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NANNER2121 9/6/2009 10:45AM

    YAY, good for you.

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Stubborness Breakdown

Sunday, September 06, 2009

ok so not gonna see my new primary care physicain until the 16th and was trying to hold off. I'm asthmatic and since tuesday i have been living off my inhalers and yesterday i broke down and begged the receptionist to get my a prescription for albuterol solution for my nebulizer. well since yesterday i have been taking a nebulizer treatment every 4 hours! YIKES! brokedown again today and called the on-call dr who convinced me to go to the hospital.........and i am down right upset! and i'll tell you why, whenever i've seen a dr and was given a nebulizer treatment, i was ALWAYS given a prescription for prednisone, and what do you think happened at the er? the doc listened to my lungs and gave me a prescription if prednisone. what the freak?! are you kidding me?! i could of just told the on call dr to give me a prescription and would of saved $100!!!!!! and i'm unemployed, its not like i can afford this either! GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LORETTA24 9/6/2009 7:50AM

    I understand your frustration! I have been there on many occassions. The good news is that it wasn't any more serious. When you speak to your regular doctor next time I would suggest you make him/her aware of what happened and your situation. Ask them what they would suggest if the situation should occur again. You can't change the past but maybe you can make the future better for yourself. Keep smiling Sunshine. emoticon You are in my prayers. emoticon

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Sick and Tired of Asthma!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Well today I woke up at 5am coughing so much I was gagging, isn't asthma a wonderful disease???? I wish it upon EVERYONE!!! Ok, maybe a bit dramatic, but lets face it when there is a medical issue affecting the mass populace the doctors and scientists find way to fix it if not cure it. Lets look at bird flue for example. So therefore if the majority of people had asthma there would be a LOT better treatments out there if not a CURE.

Since this past Monday I have been living off my inhalers, which I think they were just keeping the inevitable attack at bay. So this morning I finally broke down and called my new pcp who I have yet to meet and asked, more like begged, for a prescription for my nebulizer since all the albuterol solution I had was already expired for about 2yrs now. Yes its been that long since I've needed it.

And I think I know why all this came on, I'm a social smoker, yes and I happen to be the brightest crayon in the box.......since when I was diagnosed with asthma at age 5, I only had 25% lung capacity. See, told ya I was the brightest crayon in the box.

I just got to break this pattern that has been going on for about 5yrs now. When the weather starts getting cold and/or I can't breathe, I stop smoking. But when the weather starts getting warm again and I tend to be in more and more social situations where people are smoking I start to bum smokes. Which inevitably means I start buying packs and smoking only when I go out to a bar or club which then turns into I smoke when I drive turning my 1 pack a month into 1 pack a week.

I know I NEED to quit, and stay that way, and it shouldn't be all that tough for me since I hardly smoke, but it is! But its a love hate relationship, I LOVE to smoke but my asthma HATES it.

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SUNNYWBL 12/31/2011 8:23PM

    Actually there are many people with asthma, but most are properly medicated so that you can't tell that they have it.

The most difficult thing for me was to start taking the preventative meds regularly and all the time (even when I felt fine). I fought doing that because it made me feel like I was sick, and I wasn't - at least not all the time. Now I take it every day without fail! Because I do, I rarely have "attacks" any more. It makes me feel 'normal', as though I didn't even HAVE asthma!

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    I wasn't diagnosed with asthma until about a year ago but breathing problems run in my family. I was a smoker until about 5 maybe 6 yrs ago.
What helped me, more than anything, was figuring out I really wanted to quit. Then, making a list of why I wanted to keep smoking compared to the reasons to quit. For me, the benefits of smoking was it was relaxing, it gave me something to do, it sometimes kept me from eating.
The reasons for not smoking, was so much longer. Financially, I was struggling to pay my bills each month but I was still burning money by smoking. The price of the cigarettes kept going up and up. The smell in my clothes, my hair, on my skin, my breath, in my house and car was another thing. No matter how much you don't smell it, anyone who doesn't smoke can tell you how bad that smell is. The holes in my clothes, the seat in my car and the furniture from the fire falling out also was not attractive and forced me to have to buy more clothes to replace the ones damaged from my smoking. I also developed bronchitis every winter. I have had it once since I quit but I used to have it sometimes 2 times every winter. I was also exposing my kids to the cigarette smoke. That wasn't fair to them.
A couple more reasons helped me choose to quit, as well. One was my late Dad was having to quit at that time because the Dr told him he would not be able to do another bypass in his leg so next time he developed a blockage in it, they would have to amputate. He had a lot of health problems which led to him needing several bypasses in one of his legs. The Dr told him the smoking caused the arteries to shrink, bringing on the blockage so he quit. I did it right after him, partly to support him.
Another reason was there was a woman living in my neighborhood who was probably 10yrs older than me. In her home she was having to use a machine to filter the air and to concentrate the oxygen for her because she had emphysema. But, I met her when she was going door to door in our neighborhood, not a great neighborhood, and she was begging cigarettes from people. There she was, smoking, when she had to carry an oxygen tank with her when she was gone too long from her house. I did not want to encourage her.... and, probably more important, I didn't want to BECOME her.
My mom suffers from asthma. She outgrew it as a kid but it came back so bad last year she was put in the hospital with it. She has a rescue inhaler and is taking a preventative inhaler twice a day now. She quit smoking after being put in the hospital last year.
My aunt, my mom's sister who lives with her, has COPD. She is required to keep an oxygen filtering machine in their home as well as portable tanks when her breathing is bad. She has a nebulizer machine to take breathing treatments.
I am on a rescue inhaler pretty much 3-4 times a day right now but am supposed to be starting on preventative meds soon.
I cannot imagine smoking any more.
If you need a cheerleader, someone to offer encouragement, I will be glad to be here for you. I know how hard it is to quit. I know the emotional part of quitting can be just as hard, if not harder. There are a lot of websites online that offer suggestions on how to quit and things that can be done. Good luck to you.

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