Thursday, April 24, 2008
Just thought I would share with you something that have been going on with me this week. I have been painting my Apartment, well not me. My special friend Pat, loving nick named by my daughter as Auntie Patty, Peppermint Patty and patty Cakes, LOL...and my daughter Carolynn.
We, have been painting my 1280 SQ Ft place. Hall bath room, Hallway, Kitchen and Dining Room. Just Living Room to go. But all the paint and fumes have made me very sick and I have been chastised to get the heck out of here and go to my room.
But during the middle of the day, I have sent mel to McDonald's to buy lunch. Their favorite. Ok! Bad Annette! Bad Annette! But I couldn't eat it anyways, for I've had no appetite and I have been feeling very sleepy and fatigued.
When Our day has ended, usually around 5pm, Pat would leave, I would hope in bed, only for Pat would show up and demand that I get up and come out where she would have a cheese cake waiting for me. We have been eating cheese cakes all week long!
She knows they are my favorites. Sunday we had strawberry, Monday we had chocolate, Tuesday, we had Berry, Wednesday we had Blueberry. Pat and I and Carolynn and Mel only ate one piece then we gave the rest to our neighbors.
I asked Pat, why are you doing this? She said because I wanted too. And when I didn't have a friend in the world, you came along and excepted me for what I was an am. You gave me things, you listened, when you where so sick and couldn't talk nor breathe. My so called friends wouldn't ever do that for me. I was so lonely and was ready to kill myself and it was like you knew and you turned on your heart light and guided me. Now I have fun.
Pat is sick also. She has Diabetes, back problems, needs to lose just a little weight, and some emotional issues. But she is my friend. We are going on a trip together. I'll share that with you at a later time.
I don't ask many things of people. Especially of those whom I don't know. But could you do me a great big favor?
Could you turn on your heart light to just one person here on Sparks who is disabled/ Physically Disabled and let them know that they are someone important and that they too can make a difference here and in there life and someone else's?
We all have a heart light you know. The question is...Will you turn yours on?
P.S. Don't know where to begin? Do a search of teams and go from there. Or just click on my Asthma/COPD Team
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday at around 1:30 pm (PST) I was sitting in my recliner minding my own business and sipping on my green tea and honey when Wham! Out of the blue I got this real sharp pain in my chest. I automacticly reacted and put my hand on my chest when wham! Another one and another. I knew what it it was. A TIA
I said to my husband Mel would was sitting on the sofa, run and get me my nitro patch quick. He ran to the computer desk because it was closer. I keep them all over the house. But before he could open it and put it on me I told him I was going to throw up.
At that moment, my daughter Theresa and my grandson Danyo came over and asked what was wrong with mom? He said I was having chest pains. Danyo gave me the waste basket because I was starting to throw up. I said I have to go into the bathroom where my daughter followed me into my bathroom in my room.
While sitting on the edge of the tub and head in the toilet I was able to throw up. But my head was pounding so bad. It had been that way for 3 days. I should have known.
When I came out of the bath room, my legs just gave away like a wet noodle and I fell on the floor. I didn't even know I was falling. My mind was in a state of confusion. My daughter ran to me and helped me up. Now sooner than she did than, I fell again. She yelled for her dad to come because something was wrong with me. My left side of my face was feeling numb and part of my hand.
I had a TIA....I have had 3 of them before and I know the systems. But as fast as it came, in half an hour it was gone. They wanted to use my medic alert to call the ambulance but I wouldn't let them. I told them that if I started to feel worse I would go but I know that I had a window of 3 hrs to get treatment. The sooner the better of course.
I used my walker all day. Theresa and Danyo watched me like a hawk. You may ask or wonder what brings a TIA on. Well....alot of things. But for me it was stress and I know it.
You see, I feel that I have to save the world. Solve all the problems at home, still be the perfectionist wife and mother and friend. Make sure everyone is happy. Right now my daughter has one of her myspace friends visiting for 2 weeks and they are typical 19yr and 22yr old kids. If you want to call soaping yourself up and running around out side in the grass slipping and sliding typical for that age.
But they are loud, loud, loud!!! LOL So I must decide to do this...Take that TIA I had and do this with it:
Go for it and enjoy my life!!!! All that other madness is still going to be there when it's all said and done.
And right now, my friend Pat and I are planning are great escape! Let you know soon when we decide where and when....
Thanks for listening! You've been great!
P.S. WHAT IS A TIA? TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK: A WARNING STROKE: MINI-STROKE. TELLING YOU THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG AND TO SLOW DONE!
HAS TO DO WITH THE HEART....
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Ok, I know you have been waiting on the edge of you seat for an update of my date with Dr. P. Well here goes.
I have been feeling pretty good for quite a while. Eating, walking and all that good stuff except I developed a bad cough at night when I went to bed. No big deal. Plus I had lost 18 pounds in the month of march.
Got there at 2:15pm. and left there at 4pm. Not bad. Weighed me in and showed my weight lost of 18 pounds, nurse was very impressed. Took me back to sit me in the glass booth to start the test. Explain everything. I know everything but still, they have to explain it all over again..UGH!!!
His wife is a sweet heart. And cute to boot. It takes about 45 minutes to do the test and she always tells me that I am doing good and how hard it is on me. I felt that I did really good this time. But something was different. This time, while doing one of the test where you have to breathe normal then take a deep breath in real fast and hold it then blow out real fast, my ribs and lungs where hurting real bad. I had to do it two times. You have to do all the tests two times.
When we were finished, She took me over to the ct room where they they did just 2 scans on me then to the exam room. After that, to my exam room. I said, where's my blood tests? They said he decided not to do them today. I said oh! Didn't want to torture me huh? She laughed.
I waited in there for a while. You always have to wait. Why do we always have to wait? Then he came in?
Hi Annette. How you doing? Fine DR. P. How are you today? Fine. Well, got all your results. Let's start with the ct scans. Ok I said.
Well, they show more scarring. Ok I said. I didn't need to know or heard more. Let's go on to the PFT I said. Well, they have declined quite a bit. I kind of figured even though I have been feeling good. I see that you lost 18 pounds. I'm proud of you. Thanks I said.
So, what are my numbers I asked? Do you want to know numbers? I can tell you but they really don't tell you anything. I always tell you. How about if I tell you this way? How about if I say it has taken 8 months from your life? Ok I said. Fair enough.
What now? Well to be fair to you Annette. I don't want to see you every other month. I want to see you every 6 months. I understand. Unless you are feeling sick then you call and I get you right in. Or you go straight to the ER and have them call me.
I am also taking you off of the spirvia you don't need it. I already did. Good. It's not helping. Can I fly?
Then it happen! I saw the smile. He smiled! No!!! But what I want you to do is take a good vacation. Just go and enjoy your self. You deserve it Annette. You have your portable nebulizer, portable oxygen, sleep machine, you can go!
He smiled! I smiled! See you in october and I left with a peace in my heart....
I didn't leave there feeling that he said I was going to die! I left there knowing that he did all that could, as a DR and specialist could do for me. And we both knew it.
Please do not feel sorry for me. Don't cry for me. Don't pray for me. Pray for me when I am sick. But right now I feel healthy and strong and good. Thank god.
But the one thing that makes me feel really good is this...I have been seeing Dr. P, ok...Dr. Park, for 7 yrs now and he has never cracked a smile. Good, up front, nice dr. and he has never cracked a smiled. But yesterday, I got him to smile! And so did I!!!
Have a wonderful day my friends! I will...
P.S. The coughing at night is a normal process of disease when things are really, really bad. I just take more mucunix.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Just a quickie note to let you all know that tomorrow at 2:15pm (PST) I will be having my date with DR. P. My pulmonary DR.
He will be performing his famous PFT ( Pulmonary Function Test ) to see if my lungs are: stable, decline, or the same. Doing his Ct Scans. I think he loves looking at pictures...LOL And doing his blood work. He loves to torture me. Bad Dr.!, Bad Dr!
After all of that, I will wait in his office, no exam room for him to come in with the ct scans and blood results and PFT results where he will give me the eye. This guy never cracks a smile. I'll look at him. He'll look at me and then say: Well Annette..... And I'll say: Can I fly???
I'll get out of there around 5:30pm and go home and go to bed. It will have been a long day. He is my favorite DR.
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