Thursday, March 08, 2012
First and foremost, I want to tell my spark friends that I do NOT have anything life-threatening, I am ok.
I'll make a long story short (I'll try to) before I get to the diagnosis so you can have a better understanding. For the past month, I have been sick on and off with a cold (or so I thought). The symptoms would be fatigue, a slight coughing (which occurred at its worst at night), and a little bit of a sore throat, but I would be well enough in the mornings to go on with the day. The symptoms were on and off, but not enough to be in bed, just annoying more than disabling. I went to work as usual, no problem. I took over-the-counter (OTC) medications and they did the trick for several days, then the annoying symptoms would return and I would try another OTC remedy, they would work, I felt better, on and on this went. Tuesday evening was different--during the evening I had the worst sore throat. I took honey, gargled with salt water, and it relieved most of the soreness along with taking Extra-Strength Tylenol to ease the pain. I also started coughing like mad but as suddenly as it started, it stopped. I managed to get a good nights sleep. Yesterday morning, though my throat was a bit scratchy and the cough was still there, I still went to work, thinking that "I'll feel better as the day goes by". Famous last words. As I arrived at the dialysis unit to do my pick-up of their labs around 3:00, all of a sudden, while I was still in the company van, I felt the extreme soreness in my throat return and I coughed for about a minute or 2. Okay, good, it passed, I said to myself. I went in, said my hello's to everyone, and all of a sudden, my airway constricted. That coughing came back with a vengeance and I could barely inhale! The unit nurse quickly put me onto a reclining chair, she hooked me up to oxygen and called 911. The medics came, saw that I was in distress, and immediately took me to the ER. I was given a nebulizer enroute to open my airway. Thankfully, it really did the trick, it kept the coughing at bay and I was able to draw in a breath a little better. Now here's why even the ER DR was baffled in the beginning. I had no fever, my vital signs were normal, the xrays that they took of my lungs showed NO congestion, I don't smoke, I didn't have an allergic reaction to food or meds, and during the whole month, never once did I have nasal congestion (come to think of it, there was no sneezing or runny nose). They then decided to xray my neck and they saw that the swelling was in the trachea and larynx (in lay terms, that's your windpipe and voice-box, in that order), for which I was given a steroid to reduce swelling.
The diagnosis? Pertussis, which you most likely would know it by the term Whooping or crouping cough. Yes, I know that it's mostly babies and little kids that get this, but in CAN happen with adults even if you did have your shots when you were a kid (I did). I will be out of work until Tuesday. I got Rx meds for the cough and an antibiotic. Right now, it's Thursday, late afternoon, close to 5:00 and there's still a slight cough, but for the first time since this started, I feel like it IS truly going away along with the sore throat. Never did I experience anything more frightening than not being able to breathe. Next time, if I'm not "feeling like myself" I will not play around, I will go directly to the Dr and I'm advising any of you to do the same, no matter how minor.
Friday, February 24, 2012
I'd like to share more oldies that we work out to. And we're having a blast! Truth be told, for a while, I was starting to get bored with the same workout routine, but these tunes (a few of very many) MAKE it fun, fun, fun (no, my daddy didn't take my T Bird away, I didn't have one to begin with ) Enjoy!
Monday, February 20, 2012
I knew the title of today's blog would grab your attention! It all started this past weekend, Saturday and into this morning (Monday). I'm sitting here at my computer, then just before breakfast, he came marching over with my jacket and earmuffs and said "ok, get off your *donkey*, you are coming for a walk with me---now!". "Uh, ok honey", I replied, giving a giggle. We took a 30 minute walk. Then next thing I knew, he made breakfast; oatmeal, scrambled eggs with the non-stick spray, coffee, and 1% glass of milk. Yum! For lunch, we had a turkey wrap loaded with lots of lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, and a small slice of pepper-jack cheese (he split one slice between us). For supper, he made a huge Greek salad, a particular favorite of ours. Oh, and during the course of the days, we drank water and MORE water.
He appointed himself as my personal coach/trainer. Truth be told, I started to slack off for a bit, he noticed and got concerned, and now, with the help of him and spark friends, I got back into the swing of it! I am posting some tunes that we exercise to when we're in the house (and this will really give our ages away LOL!!).
Have fun with these 1950s/early '60s instrumentals! Here they are:
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Have a happy valentines day! And here's a tune that will be fitting for today and will get you going! Enjoy!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I am doing my at-home exercising to The Beatles! Who'd have thought that years ago (too many LOL!!) that most of their music would be great to work out to! Wow, the 1/2 hour just flew by. I was using my stretch bands, kettlebell, and just plain dancing around. And it didn't feel like a hard days night (couldn't resist!)
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