Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Well last week ended on the downside, and this week didn't start much better. The allergen count is way up, mountain cedar, in the area I live in. Allergen count up=asthma attacks for me. I called my doctor on Friday, after suffering an attack on Thursday, to see about starting a medicine I have used before to help open my airway up. He approved it, so I started taking the medicine; this resulted in even more coughing till I couldn't catch my breath. So I stopped the medicine on Sunday and tried calling the doctor back on Monday...please someone tell me why doctors feel as if they can take a vacation??? Don't doctors know people get sick 365 days a year....weekends and evenings included. Well, knowing where all this was headed, I chose to see his Physician's Assistant. She informed me it sounded has if I had swallowed a harmonica...as I felt this way too. She sent me for blood work and x-rays to rule out pneumonia. I informed her I had taken a flu AND pneumonia shot this year, as I didn't want pneumonia, in the past years I have had it at least once or twice a year. Well, I just knew I have made a lifestyle change, including diet and exercise, and this would not be the case. With God on my side, my diagnosis was 'asthma'; she felt like it started with allergies and went this way. She did tell me if the shot and four prescriptions didn't work by Wednesday, call back and she would start me on one more medicine. I do have an updraft machine at home, and hope I don't have to start using it. With all the bad news, or could be good news since it wasn't pneumonia, I still am working out--just taking it easy. She did tell me not to get out in the wind until I get better, so it kind of limits outside activities...but it will get better. With God on my side...who can be against me?? I feel blessed....it's a great day!!