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.
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.
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.
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!
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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