Hello Friday, here comes the weekend and the Super Bowl. Watching the Super Bowl is an annual event, and I have truly enjoyed many over the years, but I would be lying if I said the commercials weren’t important to me. So bring on the Commercials and hopefully the game won’t get in the way.
That’s quite enough levity for my post today, not that I won’t sprinkle more in as I pound away on the keyboard. Let us proceed and get the vitals out-of-the-way. I have not been in a Doctor’s office in a couple of weeks to check my blood pressure, but I would say because I feel fine that there is no significant change to it today. My resting heart rate today is 104, and my oxygen concentration is 95 percent again in a resting mode. My weight depending on time of day is maintaining a weight higher than I want, but is tracking downward.
This week I have had only one doctor appointment and that was with Doc Head. I don’t know how one measures progress when the examination of your head and its contents are what is being measured. Is relief a measurement? Is getting it off your chest a measurement? If you cry or smile are they measurements of progress or lack of progress? I assume the fact that when I walk out of her office I actually feel better is the true measure. I have asked her point-blank, if I was crazy (others have thought I was LOL) and she has told me NO, I am not crazy, so for all you doubters out there, I have got a professional opinion, so there! LOL LOL.
Now on to the heart of the matter about how I feel this week. I am giving the week a 2.75. I feel just a bit off-center and have felt this way all week. The SOB and the physical limitations that come with it has been real bad, and the cough (while somewhat productive), damn just will not subside (I do control it somewhat with meds). I am not having any of the early signs of and exacerbation or anything I can point at directly and say “Oh, this is why,” and that is a good point. But it is the cumulative total of things going on inside me that makes me rate the week 2.75.
This week’s word is; Infusion Treatments. I have talked endlessly about my monthly IVIG treatment and have spoken countless times about the post hospitalization IV treatments that are a part of my world. But I don’t believe I have gone into any real detail. Yes I have whined about being a difficult stick, and that the nurses have had to prod me several times each month to successfully get the needle into my arm to start the infusion. But to actually talk about it and share the benefits I haven’t.
I have chosen two “book” definitions for Infusion Therapy (which I refer to as Treatments) one from Wikipedia, and the other taken from NHIA (National Home Infusion Association). I have included the links to both of these definitions for your further use. Normally I cherry pick the information to a great extent, today not so much. I do suggest you go to the sites to get further information.
Infusion Therapy (as taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
In medicine, infusion therapy deals with all aspects of fluid and medication infusion, usually via the intravenous route. A special infusion pump can be used for these purposes.
Treatments — Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, “infusion therapy” means that a drug is administered intravenously, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes (into the membranes surrounding the spinal cord).
Until the 1980s, patients receiving infusion therapy had to remain in an inpatient setting for the duration of their therapy. Heightened emphasis on cost-containment in health care, as well as developments in the clinical administration of the therapy, led to strategies to administer infusion therapy in alternate settings. For individuals requiring long-term therapy, inpatient care is not only expensive but also prevents the individual from resuming normal lifestyle and work activities.
Infusion Therapy as Taken from NHIA (National Home Infusion Association) http://www.nhia.org/faqs.cfm
What is infusion therapy? —Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, “infusion therapy” means that a drug is administered intravenously, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes (into the membranes surrounding the spinal cord).
“Traditional” prescription drug therapies commonly administered via infusion include antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, chemotherapy, hydration, pain management and parenteral nutrition.
Infusion therapy is also provided to patients for treating a wide assortment of often chronic and sometimes rare diseases for which “specialty” infusion medications are effective. While some have been available for many years, others are newer drugs and biologics. Examples include blood factors, corticosteroids, erythropoietin, infliximab, inotropic heart medications, growth hormones, immunoglobulin, natalizumab and many others.