Hello folks, today is Friday (when I 1st started this weeks report), I don’t know if I will finish this post today, tomorrow or even Sunday (which it turned out to be), but it will be finished sometime over the weekend. For the week ending today, I will rate it as a solid 3.25. It has been a good health week, and I have no complaints, I doubt if I will even pitch a bitch during this post.
I had two medical appointments this week, Monday I met with Doc Head. She must have known I was in the dumps and had been there for a few days, because we spend the entire session talking about the good things I have done. She talked about the positive impression she feels I have made on others, and maybe (now I am putting words in her mouth) sometimes I maybe a touch hard on myself. It has been a long time since I really did a self-evaluation, and that’s what Monday’s session seemed about. Then to cap off that good session, I drove across the street and had dinner with my daughter and her family, which was a ton of fun.
Also this past week I had my monthly IVIG treatment, and having a smart phone with a dumb operator, I played and posted the progress of the treatment, life as it was happening. Well that sure got some of my FB friends motors running so I had to pretty much rehash the information I had provided last week regarding these treatments. But they got me with one stick, and the medicine really went in quick without the normal hiccups.
During the treatment, I managed to have several nice conversations with the nurses and the young trainee. Jonathan, had recently completed a classroom course of study to be a nurses aid, and now was in the process of practical application of what he learned. He is required to do 180 hours of supervised real-time training. And I was one of his crash test dummies. As soon as the IV pump beeped, he was there to take my bp, my heart rate, and my temp. During the 1st two hours of the infusion treatment, the IV pump goes off a lot. This is standard, they can increase the flow rate of the medicine every 15 minutes if I am responding properly, if the IV line is functioning okay, and if my vitals are okay. Then the IV pump will beep when the medicine in the current bottle reaches a set level. They don’t want the IV line to go dry. So it peeps a lot ergo, I get my vitals taken a lot LOL LOL. Jonathan did a great job.
In many of my “How I Feel Today…“ posts I use the term exacerbation when talking about my COPD. Many a time I have been asked to define what an exacerbation is and what, are some of the signs of an exacerbation. I have given the text-book definition of exacerbation in the past, so today I thought I would share some to the early warning signs are, and what some of the OH SHIT call 911 signs are. These were taken from the current volume of COPD Digest.
Early Signs (those signs you get that you should call you Doc sooner rather than later):
1. persistent low grade temp
2. increased use of your rescue meds
3. change of color, thickness, ordor, or the amount of mucus
4. fatigue that just goes on and on (more than a day)
5. new or increased ankle swelling
The call 911 dangerous warning signs include:
1. Disorientation, confusion or slurring of speech
2. Severe shortness of breath or chest pains
3. Persistent blueness in lips or fingers
I only have 1 doctor appt this coming week, and that is a two parter, one to get my INR checked, and then my 6 week check up with Doc Lung. I will report on these and any other developments next week.
So now I will wrap up this week’s addition “How I Feel Today.” As always if you have any concerns, questions or comments, please feel free to share them with me. Take care, Bill