Reviewing the accomplishments of the past year, I realize that I didn't
get to do every thing I wanted. However, my comfort zone has expanded,
I have moved forward, and I've enjoyed doing new things. That was the
biggest goal I had and one I wish to repeat throughout this new year.
Can someone please explain how it is that I am short of breath at
95% blood oxygen level, but breathe easily at 92%? I find it rather
strange, but there may be some logic to it that I don't know. Whatever
the reasoning, I'll be glad to be over 98% on a regular basis again.
I have been doing deep breathing exercises for a few days now. It seems
to be helping. I started a new lung support supplement today... we'll
see what that does, if any thing.
Yesterday, I decided that I was feeling well enough to walk on my Gazelle.
I had gotten to where 1 mile a day was perfect before I got sick (not
too intense to cause pain, but got my heart rate up). Yesterday, it
was a struggle to get 1/4 mile done. I
haven't tried yet today.
(celebrating small achievements )
I am pretty impressed with the improvements I have made since starting
lung support supplement I am taking.
I had to push myself through a 1/4 mile walk on the Gazelle. The pedometer
kept stopping (it thought I wasn't moving), so I struggled to get
the pace up enough for it to register. I was huffing and puffing through
it and really needed to rest to get my breath back./p>
I dug out my incentive spirometer, which I haven't used in 5 years.
My best was 1500ml (normal is near 3000).
A few hours later, I developed a headache and had a coughing fit.
It was not fun, but I did not need my inhaler. Once it was over, my
head cleared and I was able to breathe freely without any heaviness
in my chest. I felt like my lungs had done some house cleaning.
I was able to do a 1/4 mile walk in 5 minutes without breathing hard.
I took a break and did another 1/4 mile without a problem.
My spirometer best was 2250ml, but it was a painful achievement.
The heaviness in my chest returned a few hours before it was time
to take the supplement again, but no coughing.
The heaviness never returned and reaching 2250 on the spirometer multiple
times through the day was not a struggle.
This morning, I have more energy than I know what to do with. I am
pacing the house like a caged animal! I jumped on the Gazelle and
did a 1/4 mile with normal breathing and wanting to do more, but decided
to take a short break to write this update.
I don't think it will be a problem doing 3/4 mile today, if I break
it up. I would aim for a full mile, but don't want to over-exert
myself too soon.
I have hit 2500 on my spirometer, which is the best I was able to
do in Oregon on daily asthma and allergy medications.
My youngest, who had bronchitis just before I got sick, hits 2500.
Bob, on the other hand, pegs the thing out at 5000.
Obviously, I am doing waaaay better than expected in a very short
time! I have used all sorts of herbs before my ex-family finally decided
I should see a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me since none
of the herbs seemed to do much. So, yeah, I am thrilled. I really
do not want to have to go back on $300/month medication that "affordable"
insurance does not cover (I checked) and, according to the medication
sheet, increases chances of pneumonia when I get a respiratory infection.
But, I do enjoy breathing... I
am going to continue to keep a careful eye on my progress though.
Received my blood pressure cuff: 108/69 - looking good!
Something for my bucket list
I decided to take pictures of horses yesterday evening
Only I forgot the camera and had to use the phone
Destiny is all: is that a treat for me?
For the first winter EVER, we have had to cut back on Chrissy's
grain. She is getting fat and sassy!
The biggest problem with that is the extra bucking and running on the
ice increases the odds of accidental injury.
Bob thinks my feed bins have helped tremendously, since the horses can
no longer fling their hay every which way and walk all over it (not
to mention the unmentionable stuff left behind - making it completely
In other news, I was able to do 1 mile today. Blood oxygen level 97%
For some reason, I have been really dragging all day.
However, I have gotten my mile in and spent extra time outside with
the dog while the sun was shining and the temperature hit 40 degrees.
So, I'm counting it as a good day.
1 mile without breaks
I wanted to be able to say with this achievement that I am back to where
I started from, but I really had to push through that last 1/4 mile.
So, not there yet, but a little closer!
I do think I'll go back to breaking it up tomorrow though.
Ok, that was slightly annoying...
Bob came home and I was relating how I knocked my empty shaker cup off
the corner of my desk today. I picked up the cup, but the ball was missing.
I looked all over... under the desk, next to the desk, under the table
a couple feet away... nothing. He looked down where I said the cup landed,
bent down, and picked up the ball! I guess I should have gotten the
I received my ECG monitor last night. My initial report is good ,
though there is a full 10 beat difference in my pulse between it and
the oximeter. Bob believes the oximeter is on the fritz and can not
be trusted. I'll be comparing it to a new one soon.
I lack motivation today. I think it froze.
Bob got certified to fly a different type of plane
The other pilots told him: You are not a "real" pilot until
you can fly this... So, now he is a "real" pilot.
He is not terribly fond of the cramped space of this plane though,
so will be returning to flying the original one for our fun time.
In other news, I was able to spend last week in quality time with my
During that time, I compared my oximeter reading with two others (one
that was taken to the hospital for comparison) and found that Bob is
right. Ours is reading a full 2% lower than it should. This means my
normal blood oxygen is now 97-98% , which is far less concerning.
I also quit taking the lung support supplement during my time away from
home and have not had any difficulty breathing.
And, I used the ekg monitor when my heart was racing after waking from
a nightmare and it found nothing usual (other than a rapid heart beat,
which was expected). No skipped beats and no dropped beats, which was
my concern. (I'll keep monitoring... I mean, I have the device
now, I may as well use it! ).
Oh, and, despite using my blood pressure raising allergy meds for a
week (I can't visit without them ), my blood pressure stayed in a nice and normal range - 124/83. (It was a bit
higher when I checked after my nightmare, but that is expected.)
I think it is safe to say that I have fully recovered from that nasty
virus in only 3 weeks time. I feel very blessed.
Oh, I want a beautiful garden oasis like this. I wanted one in California,
but it was considered a waste of space.
I was allowed flower beds (thanks to his parents), though, and I miss
them. I may have to plant flowers in my tire beds this year instead