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Thursday, October 25, 2007

My current state requires patience. I am not feeling well yet, still aware of fluid in my lungs, coughing periodically, mostly depleted of energy, & just not back to my normal cheery self.

Before coming down with this I had not been sick in 8 years. If a cold threatened (which happened maybe 3 times in all those years), I would ward it off with Cold-Eeze--I might go through a mini/"pretend" cold for a couple of days, & it would be over.

So much for my illusion of invincibility. I just want to be well again.

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ILYSE721 10/26/2007 5:41PM

    This is just a bad year for getting sick. I know that doesn't make the wait get any shorter but you are getting better. You will probably feel alot better once your husband returns.

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PJBOKC 10/26/2007 12:14AM

    This prolonged respiratory thing has to be so frustrating for you. I truly think it will help when your husband gets home (Monday - right?). The weekend is coming up - hope you have time to rest a lot. Just take the time for yourself this weekend. Hopefully the antibiotic will "kick in" here in a day or so. We want you to be well again too.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/25/2007 9:35PM

    I completely agree with Melissa's comment about everyone being more impatient due to the age of technology and getting things on a more "instant" basis. I have patience with some things and not with others. you've been sick for a while now, I know you just want it all to be over already. It will come, just keep resting and listening to your body.

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MBR0830 10/25/2007 7:57PM

  Patience is something that I struggle with a lot. I think society in general has less patience than it used to. Things have become so immediate that no one wants to wait for anything. Miracle diet pills are a good example of this...god if they only worked!

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MARYLOUD 10/25/2007 7:04PM

    I know all about patience. I was a very active child, despite allergies. I'd do anything and everything. Then I got struck down with the porphyria. It zaps your energy, and at times your will to live. It's a fight everyday with it, some days more so than others. I've had to learn I just don't have the energy I did when I was younger, or one would expect a "healthy" 47 year old to have. It's a truly humbling experience being ill. I can't do it all anymore.

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Full-fledged fall

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I was up too late last night to get up in time for exercising this morning. Probably I'll do upper-body strength training tonight, once I get home from a poetry reading.

I'm considering what to do for cardio anyway now that the days are shortening & getting considerably colder. As I told Stephanie, I'm not really into going out jogging alone when it's dark. Finances & time preclude my joining a gym. Currently our TV/DVD player is in our (small) bedroom--not enough space for vigorous exercising with a taped workout. I'm going to browse what's available, though, & see if I can find & order some kind of cardio workout that can be done in limited space. We could move the TV stand to the living room, where there is a little more room. Gotta get creative.

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PJBOKC 10/24/2007 11:10PM

    I know you'll find a way to get the exercise in - you're so creative!! I want to check out the biggest loser DVD since I've heard Stephanie talk about it. Anything will work - even if you just put on your favorite music and walk or jog in place. Using weights with the upper body while walking in place would increase the cardio, and get in strength training at the same time. Let us know what you decide on.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/24/2007 8:17PM

    You could get the biggest loser workout dvd, you only need a limited amount of space to do the cardio exercises, you need more space if you want to do the other things on the video. or if you have stairs in the house, you could run up and down the stairs. Melissa had a great idea with the audio tapes, that way all you need is where you are!

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MBR0830 10/24/2007 6:55PM

  You could get an audio version of a lot of DVD's, that was you only need to listen to the instructions. That may give you a little more flexability as to your workout location.

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MARYLOUD 10/24/2007 5:36PM

    I work out in my bedroom to Richard Simmons. I may have a little more room than you do though. It is a little challenging at times, space wise, but I make do. I could set up in our living room, on that TV/DVD set up, but I don't want to be bothered by my obnoxious son and his friends. There is definitely more room out there.

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Help from the doc!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm so happy--I've gotten in good exercise both yesterday & today. One cardio, one strength training, mostly core. Which reminds me: I wanted to mention that when I do crunches I'm trying to remember to do back-strengthening exercises too. I've heard that if you just get your abs tight but neglect your back, that pulls your shoulders forward & you end up curved in.

OK, now for the results of my doctor visit. She heard fluid in my lungs, so she ordered chest x-rays. I was able to have them right there & then return to discuss them with her. She says they don't show any pneumonia, but I probably do have some level of lung infection. So she prescribed azithromycin & encouraged me to get Mucinex as well to loosen up the phlegm. She says by Sunday I should be in good shape for working in the nursery (it's my one time of the month to be with little ones, as I don't have grandchildren yet). I scheduled a follow-up visit to see her in a couple of weeks.

I've already taken my first two antibiotic capsules & Mucinex tablet. It has been a great blessing to be at home today--had wonderful sleep last night, about 9 hours, & have had beans baking in the oven all afternoon! (I make them from scratch, dried beans & all--they're one of our favorite foods.) And I'm making good progress on the freelance project.

Thanks, friends, for your words of care. You bless me.

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PJBOKC 10/24/2007 11:03PM

    I'm so glad you're finally feeling significantly better. Are you taking the "pack" - taking 2 pills the first day, then one a day for several days after that? If so, it continues to work for several days after you've finished the med. So you'll continue to get better. I'm glad you got into the doctor. I've always heard if you're not feeling much better by 10th day after onset of a "cold" then you should see your doc. I think you've dealt with this longer than 10 days. I can tell from your "voice" you're feeling better - getting your exercise in, and cooking. That makes sense about the back exercises along with abs. The abs and back work together so much to support us. I hadn't thought about doing the exercises together - that's what I love about this sharing info.

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MARYLOUD 10/23/2007 11:57PM

    That's the same antibiotic I was on and it kicked it real quick. I also take mucinex, but do so everyday all the time, due to my allergies. You should be feeling well in no time. I'm so glad you finally got in to see the doctor. Glad you were up to doing your exercises yesterday too. Way t

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MBR0830 10/23/2007 9:47PM

  Hey, you sound better already!! I'm glad the doctor could be of some help.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/23/2007 6:07PM

    Ruth you sound like you are on the mend! Thats great, and you got in two great exercises already! That's awesome. I'm glad the doc gave you some anti-biotics, those should help tremendously. Mmm, I love beans, but from scratch? Man that sounds good.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

My doctor is on vacation for the next couple of weeks! And other doctors at that clinic don't have any schedule space tomorrow . . . EXCEPT for "same-day" appointments. So I have to call back EARLY tomorrow morning to get one of those! I understand the need to save slots for emergencies, but still--I called less than 24 hours before the hoped-for appointment. Oh well.

In answer to Stephanie's question: my husband is an immigrant, & he does tech work (e.g., internet security) mostly for peace & justice groups working in his homeland. (For the sake of security, I will avoid further details! :-) ) This trip is a combination of work, family (the wedding of a niece), & volunteer projects. All good stuff, but it has been LOOOOONNNGGG. It'll be great to have him home in a week!

When I can grab a few minutes, I'm going to watch the video posted on SP today--a 15-min. strength training workout you can do in your office. Sounds like my speed!

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ILYSE721 10/23/2007 4:02PM

    I know you miss your husband. I hope he comes home soon. Let us know what the doctor says.

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MARYLOUD 10/22/2007 7:10PM

    I think the longest my husband and I have been separated since we've been married is five days, and it felt like an eternity. We were on the phone everyday, usually multiple times. I don't know how you've survived so long with your husband so far from home so long. I get get downright mean and nasty when my dh is gone. It's awful. He is my other half, I'm lost without him. I hope you get in to see a doctor you like tomorrow, and he/she fixes you up well. This cough has gone on way too long.

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PJBOKC 10/22/2007 6:23PM

    Sure hope you get into the doc tomorrow. Talk to him/her about something for the cough, especially if it's keeping you from resting at night. I know you'll be so glad when your husband returns home - one week from today I guess. Get lots of hugs from him - that boosts the immune system.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/22/2007 6:09PM

    I saw that video too, and put it on my "to watch" list. here's to you getting a doctor's apopintment tomorrow! i hope you can get a "same day appointment". i always hated when i'd call in for an appointment and they said, "I don't have any openings for 3 weeks." What's the point, i'll be better by then?? :-) gotta love our health care.

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Dealing with low energy

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Because I seem to be well past the contagious stage of whatever I have, I went to church today. The fact that I'm scheduled to be a greeter on the third Sunday of the month helped prod me to go. I enjoyed welcoming people at the door & talking with a few folks afterward, & the service itself was very nurturing.

Back home, after spending some time at the computer I lay down & took a nap. I usually avoid them because once I fall asleep of an afternoon--especially on Sunday--I generally sleep for a long time, up to 3 hours. But I couldn't muster energy to even do something undemanding like reading. I slept 2 hours--& woke up from a dream of welcoming my husband home, which was really nice. He has been gone since Sept. 26 & won't get home till Oct. 29! I miss him a lot.

Since then I have chatted with my stepdaughter, made tuna salad & eaten some on a slice of whole grain toast, & done a bit of kitchen cleanup. I'm going to work on finances tonight--need to balance our checkbook, plus this year I'm treasurer of our condo association, & some bills need to be paid.

But generally, until I'm well, I just can't expect much of myself.

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PJBOKC 10/22/2007 6:20PM

    Listen to your body - you need the rest! I'm sure hoping and praying you'll be telling us you're feeling better soon. You've really been through it with this "cold". The flu shot can make you feel "yucky", but that shouldn't last more than a few days, and tylenol or motrin should relieve most of the symptoms caused by the shot. I haven't had mine this year. I usually get it at the hospital where I work. But my husband had his a week or so before we left. He had a significant reaction around the site (red and puffy), and felt achy - the symptoms lasted a couple of days. Hope you see your doctor this week. Keep us posted!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/22/2007 9:38AM

    Ruth, i'm glad you felt well enough to go to church. I'm sure it was nice to socialize a little. I feel the same when when I nap. if i'm tired enough, i can sleep for hours. And often I do. I sometimes feel bad about it, but my body wouldn't do it if it didn't need the sleep. I think it's good that you let yourself rest yesterday. Sometimes laying around is necessary, if you feel you need to do it, then do it! Wow your husband is gone for a month at a time? What does he do?

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MARYLOUD 10/21/2007 8:01PM

    I can relate Ruth. I live this day to day with my porphyria. It zaps the energy from you and doesn't let up. When I'm in an actual "attack" forget getting anything at all done. I'm bed bound and high on pain killers. It's been an awful adjustment for me because I used to be able to work sixty hour weeks and think nothing of it. Now I worry about getting a part time job and being able to hack it. Low energy sucks. I want the energy of my twelve year old.

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