A lot has transpired since my last “How I Feel Today” report on the 4th of Feb. The most important is that I was released from the hospital on 02/10/13 for continued treatment at home. Clearly to get to this point the doctors felt that I had made enough progress, and that the treatment regiment they designed would best serve me. Yet I still have pneumonia in both lungs and the secondary infection is still presence. I am taking the prescribed medicines and treatment at home which is just about as time-consuming as taking it in the hospital, but at least I don’t have the pic line, and I am home and I have my TV.
I had my 1st of the post hospitalization follow-ups on Friday with my Pulmonary Doctor, the chest x-rays show mild improvement and according to him my lungs sound much better. I still have a productive cough, and while I do cough crap up, it is not the ghoulish yellow stuff. The stuff I now cough up looks like Elmer’s School Glue. Just keeping it real folks LOL. Shortness of breath (SOB) is a very real issue. I can’t remember the last time I struggled as much as I have with SOB post pneumonia hospitalization. Clearly I am trying to rush my recovery and I need to slow down and let it happen at its’ pace, but damn. Oxygen levels are fine, both resting and when I do what little I can. Pulse is running at it normal rate. No sweats or chills these are all great signs. I just want my breath back.
At best since my release I have had one 2. 25 day, but for the most part the days run 1.9 to 2 at best. I lack the energy to do the little things around the house that I (and my wife) am accustomed to doing. Things that I would normally breeze thru aren’t as easy. Also it’s other little things that remind me I am on the mend, and not mended. I am a bit disappointed as well, because all that work I did thru the 36 session of Pulmonary Physical rehab seem to have fallen by the wayside. I know that when I am ready I will start again, and have to work back to my last position. The good thing about that is it gives me a goal to work towards.
Hopefully my next report will be more positive. I am going to do my best to make it so. And while the little things are difficult, I will remember they are little things and I will find a way to accomplish them. I will continue to fight the good fight, and I won’t be stupid. I will take breaks as necessary and I will not overdo it much.
As always thanks for listening, and as always your comments welcomed are encouraged – take care, Bill