Doc says I'm not contagious -- but I gotta do the work of healing
Thursday, January 11, 2018
...saw the doc. I am doing fine. He convinced me that there is no reason to fear that I am contagious, and showed me how to use the devices I had been given at the hospital. He thought I might heal quite a bit sooner than 6 months since I am otherwise strong and healthy (well, other than weight) with a good lifestyle. Pretty much I should continue doing what I am doing. He did stress that I should be VERY careful not to over-exert myself -- I must give my body TIME to reabsorb the phlegm in my lungs. Like: maybe I shouldn't walk the circuit (the circuit: up the stairs, across the hall, down the back stairs, across the hall to the up stairs) 5 times. Or maybe I should rest between each lap....
One device is supposed to aid in the distribution of aerosolized medicine -- or in other words to make it easier to direct the medicine into my lungs. I use this 3 times a day. The other device I am to use once an hour every waking hour. ugh. I'm supposed to inhale slowly but with enough suction to make the device register a certain type of movement, and somehow miraculously inhale deeply enough to make the device register a certain volume. Having exhausted myself with this effort (sad but true!) I am then supposed to hold my breath for 10 seconds (I don't have enough oxygen to last; I average 5 seconds) AND exhale slowly. Of course, by then my need for oxygen is an explosive DEMAND and I cannot do this at all. I then have to pant and rest up for the next go-around. I must do this 3 times -- and then repeat the whole thing in about another hour.
It is the device that I mentioned seems to indicate that I have about 2/3 of expected lung capacity. For some reason using this thing makes me angry
My antipathy to it is already making that thing difficult to face and it hasn't even been one full day yet! But I swear I'll do it as this is also the doctor-recommended way to exercise my lungs. Can I just say UGH again? UGH! UGH! UGH!
The greatest uplift for me right now is being able to finally spend some time with my pet Ginger. Birds
have delicate respiratory systems, so I haven't come within 5 feet of her for over a month. She has plainly missed me, and when I approached her cage this morning, she expressed some anger for abandoning her. I was expecting that.
It means I'll have to sit close by her cage for a couple hours daily for about 3 days before she forgives me and will allow me to handle her without her feeling the need to bite me to show me how upset she is! One does learn respect when one keeps a parrot as a pet! I got her when she was just weeks old
and I've had her for 27 years.