I missed posting last week, because I was busy and was putting it off, and didn’t really have anything of substance to address. Hell I don’t know why that stopped me, there are lots of weeks I don’t have anything of substance to report but I do anyway. Today’s music selections start with Toby Keith’s “Blue Bedroom,” and yes you will get a running commentary of the music during this report. My last reported dated 7.25.14 spoke of the upcoming invasion of my wife’s good friends. Well they have come and gone, and a wonderful time was had by all. It wasn’t as difficult as it could have been, and I wouldn’t have missed their visit for any reason.
It has been a particularly trying 2 weeks since my last report breathing. The heat, the humidity, has caused a constant issue with SOB. As for breathing the only time I really have felt comfortable at all is just sitting on my ass, but I refuse to do that. I have managed to keep up with (my self-imposed) chores, and I have stopped and taken breaks when I needed them, which really has been often. There has only been a very slight increase in coughing the last couple days. But that cough has been for the most part very unproductive. The IPod random selector has been in strange mode today, I started off country, and have had 3 selections from Lewis Black (my favorite comedian) intermixed with Jimi Hendrix, Journey, CSN and Aretha Franklin. These shifts in music really change the pace of my head LOL. Yet at the end of the day when I am brushing my teeth I will have a massive coughing spasm, which is extremely productive. It’s almost like a pre precursor to an exacerbation, and while I am not down playing the significance of the words, I am not ready to race around shouting the warning. But I am keeping a very sharp watch. The only other ongoing medical issue is that I have had a super low grade headache for what seems like weeks. It is more an annoyance than anything. It doesn’t worsen in the bright sunlight, and being in the dark makes no difference and playing my music loud has no impact. It’s just there. Yes I have advised Hospice and my team of doctors, no one seems overly concerned because by my own admission other than a tiny bit of annoyance it’s not a problem.
I had only one medical appointment this week which was with Doc Head. Without going into a single detail, we talked, and it was good. Oh what the heck, we talked about my Blog. Last week I was stood up by Hospice. The nurse that comes to my home weekly and checks me had advised me that she wouldn’t be coming last Thursday, BUT I would be visited by Hospice. Well that didn’t happen. So after a stern talking to this morning I was advised that in the future, if I haven’t been contacted by Hospice in a timely fashion regarding an upcoming “scheduled” visit to call them and put them on the spot. I am quite capable of doing that, and in the future I will abide to this unless circumstances beyond my control prevail.
I will also admit I am relying on the Morphine for the relief it gives for my SOB. I have yet to use the maximum of 6 doses on any given day, but will admit that there are times I look forward to that next dose.
Considering everything available to me, I am going to rank myself as 2.5 for the week. Of course this rating doesn’t include the normal aches and pains of everyday life. Sidebar; we have been listening to Billie Holiday, Moody Blues, Montgomery Gentry, Nickelback, Cream, Eric Clapton (playing blues), Ray Charles and Muddy Waters during this session. As for my mental attitude I am a 9 this week. I woke up each day so far, and have found more reasons to smile than frown. It is difficult to be better than that.
So to wrap up week ending 08.08.14, we are ranking the week an overall 2.5, with a 9 on the attitude scale. So we can move on to the vitals for the week ending 08.08.14
INR = 2.6 taken 07.28.14 – no change in meds
O2 level @ 2.5 LPM = 95 taken 8.07.14 — but during the last 2 weeks I have found myself to be as low as 79 pct a few times. A few deep breaths and some afrin seem to clear things up and my O2 level jumps back into the 90’s
Peak Flow = 210 taken 8.07.14
BP = 110/64 taken 8.07.14
Heart rate = 95 taken 8.07.14
Temp = 98.5 taken 08.07.14
Weight = 263 taken 08.07.14