Good day folks, I don’t know about you, but around here it has been very hectic to say the least. Santa came, and NO I didn’t get a bag of coal or a bunch of switches. Santa was good to me (as I sit here grooving to my ITunes and listening on my Dr. Dre headphones). I truly hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas filled with love and joy.
Over the last week I have had only one doctor appointment. That was with Dr. N, the doctor who installed the Mediport. On Monday the 23rd he checked his handiwork and was pleased with himself. The incision point was healing very nicely, the swelling and bruising are all but gone, and with the exception of the little bump in my upper right chest you would hardly notice the Mediport at all. There are no real scars to brag about, but I did get a nice bracelet out of the deal. Oh and I did get easier access, no being stuck 3 or 4 times to draw blood, and some peace of mind, and a bunch of other little benefits. All this equaling why the hell did I wait so frigging long. No bad at all.
So how do I feel today, for the week ending today (12/27/13), I will give myself a 3, it’s a good score, but it’s a reflection of the acclamation of a weeks’ worth of activity, the being tired that comes from it, the overdoing, and all the other holiday issues that pile up. And I wouldn’t trade those activities for a 3.5 week. Another reason for the 3 (cause I know you will ask) is my coughing has jumped to a higher level. Mostly non-productive, but from time to time a chunk of slightly yellow crap will come up. Just enough junk to put you on edge.
Shortly after Thanksgiving a fellow blogger (Huntsmode, who has a great blog) and fellow sufferer of COPD asked a question I didn’t have the answer (yes I know, that’s a great surprise). Hunts wanted to know what my Vitamin D level was. I didn’t know, but I asked the follow-up question, “Why?” Hunts stated that had been Vitamin D deficient, and thru the use of supplemental Vitamin D, it has greatly improved her level of this vitamin. She also stated it seemed to help her breath easier. I am all for breathing easier, so I had my Vitamin D level checked and I too am deficient in this needed Vitamin. I was going to provide a lot of filler here with an extended list of potential problems from a lack of vitamin D, but there is so much information available on line by checking vitamin D deficiency you can check and see if it reaches out and grabs you. I know it did me. One of the biggest problems with a Vitamin D deficiency is that it hampers you immune system, so you become susceptible to many other bugs that bite. And for those of us suffering from COPD we don’t need any additional bugs finding ways to bite us.
In keeping with due diligence, I also called the Blue Cross Blue Shield health coach. She provide a lot of significant info, but one of the most important pieces of information she provided was to call, my pharmacist for potential interactions of a vitamin D supplement with the other drugs you are be taking. And before going a step further, if you are considering self-medicating, I cannot emphasis strongly enough DON’T – DON’T let me repeat DO NOT CONSIDER SELF-MEDICATING. Talk to your doctor, get his buy in, his support, and if he or she won’t, find out why, a doctor’s response like a simple “no” or “let me think on it”, isn’t really an acceptable answer. You need to stand up for yourself, your voice needs to be heard, and he is being paid the big bucks so “no” (without an explanation) is not the right answer!!! Anyway, back to the post. My pharmacist has advised me that there wouldn’t be any interactions with any of the drugs I am currently taking. She also suggested that I have my doctor provide a prescription for Vitamin D. She went on to say that prescription strength Vitamin D is stronger and cheaper than over the counter vitamin D.
I hope that my friends that suffer from any disease think about having their Vitamin D checked, it is a simple test, and while it won’t cure you, it may make your quality of life a touch better, and we all want that. But again, if you’re thinking about it, consult your Doctor.
So Monday December 30, 2013, I will be talking to Doc Lungs for the last time in 2013 and this will be one of the main topics of discussion. We will also be checking my INR. As you remember I was off blood thinners for 5 days before surgery last week. So this will be the 1st time in weeks that my INR has been checked, and I am betting that it’s close to therapeutic (between 2 & 3). The only other doctor appointment looming in my near future is an appointment with Doc Head on 1/6/14.
All things considered December has been an extremely good health month for me. I really don’t have any complaints. I got thru the hustle and bustled of Christmas shopping with the masses without bringing home an unwanted gift. We had a great visit with the Kids and an early Christmas where Cari can take full credit for ampping me up health wise with her wonderful nature, and her performances both in Choir and Dance. And a surprise visit from my brother-in-law. Most likely my next post won’t be until the 5th or 6th of January, and it is my intention to kinda do a year in review post.
As a totally random sharing of information since I started writing this weekly report I have listened to at least 5 cuts from the these artists; SRV, 3 Doors Down, Match Box 20, Eric Clapton, Nickelback and a bunch of single cuts from: The Allmans Brothers, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Animals, Rob Zombie, Depeche Mode, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Van Halen, Seether and Theory of a Deadman. So if this post seems disjointed to you, I blame it on the music. I have been in the wayback machine all morning. I have been lip singing, and playing air guitar to all these tunes, and I haven’t been typing. For those of you that didn’t know playing air guitar is an aerobic exercise. I do thank God there isn’t a hidden camera in my office. Oh the potential for blackmail, have mercy on me. This is not the normal process for me writing posts. I am just saying.
On to the vitals for the week. Clearly lip singing and playing air guitar are good for the body and soul. My O2 level is running right at 95/96 pct, heart rate right at 100 (normal for me), the weight still sucks, but I am back down to 280. Blood pressure at Dr. N’s office on Monday was 117/62 pretty damn good if I say so myself. Temp was low normal, 98.1. So my numbers have been good.
Folks thanks for sticking with me, and getting to the end of the post. I hope you have a safe and wonderful New Year’s (key word SAFE). Look for my next “How I Feel Today” post the 1st week of January 2014. As always your thoughts, comments or concerns please feel free to let me know. Take care, Bill