Smiling, I wish I could say that I am now leaping over tall buildings in a single bound, stopping bullets with my teeth, and on and on, but the truth is not so. But on the brighter side I am making improvements. Latest x-rays show a significant diminishment of the pneumonia in both lungs so that is a vast improvement. Overall I would rate the last week at barely 2.25 for the period, but at no time did I drop below 2. And folks I don’t feel like death sucking on a lifesaver, I just feel a bit like crap. My single biggest concern now is the significant SOB that has come with this last bout of pneumonia. The doctor looked me in the eye yesterday and said, you may have to live with, it may never improve, but while saying this he did leave a tiny bit of hope that I may get some of my breath back. He did go on to order another breathing test to see exactly what my diminished capacity is in relationship to last year. Also we found my INR was out of whack. Normally one’s INR should be between 2 and 3, yesterday mine was 3.8 which explains the bloody nose this morning, so we had to make adjustments in the medicine to get my INR back in order. I will have my INR rechecked on Thursday.
Like so many of you who suffer from COPD my doctor says (and I believe him, and Hell just look in my medicine drawer) that he has me on every possible drug which can help or alleviate the impact and effect of the disease. Of course he didn’t say cure, and that is not expected, and should I hear someone claim they have a cure for COPD, I will call BullShit. But the one thing I don’t give up on is hope. Each day I will watch the medical news with interest, or read a story on yahoo or aol, to see if there is any breakthrough. I haven’t seen the magic answer, but I have seen a vast increase in awareness. Just a couple of weeks ago the NASCAR Nationwide Series had its season opener, the Drive for COPD 300 at Daytona, to further enhance awareness of COPD. This is just another example of how the word is getting out, and the more it gets out, the better it is for those that will come after us.
There generally isn’t a significant amount of change week to week in my health, so starting with this post, I will start doing “How I Feel Today’s” every 2 weeks. This will keep the level of boredom down to a minimum.
As always your comments, thoughts, suggestions are always welcome. Please take care, see you in 2 weeks. — Bill