‘ROUGH FEW WEEKS’
By Mr. William
Not sure if it’s the weather or something else, but since my last posting I have not had much fun going day to day.
It began where once again I was having some very brief episodes where my upper body would feel very light and flush, as if warm water was running through my arms and upper body.
On top of that my COPD/Asthma was acting up to the point where I would find myself getting winded just walking part-way through the house when going from room to room. Playing with Frosty would last just a minute or two and Papa would look at him and say ‘time-out’, something which when used with a timeout hand signal he understands and will quickly back off before slowly moving over by my feet and curling up as if he was showing me he was there if I needed him.
I finally caved in and went to my physician first after having to spend another three hour stay in the local emergency room where they checked my EKG, ran some x-rays and then sent me on my way.
My physician made me make an appointment with my cardiologist who, after spending half a day driving down for an appointment, scheduled me to come back for a chemical stress test and echocardiogram.
I will make note of one thing my cardiologist reminded me of – and that was that I have late Stage III COPE combined with severe asthma that is punctuated by excess exercise. Thanx for the reminder Doc, though he did emphasis the point that my breathing issues will and does put an added strain on the workings of my heart.
On this past Monday I made the half day trek back to my cardiologist and had the tests done, not surprisingly they were done on a day when I was feeling the best I had in several weeks or even a month or so.
While the clinic staff can not evaluate the results for me, they did seem to emphasize that my tests showed much positive and now I just have to wait for seven to ten days for my cardiologist to find my test results among his piles of reports, evaluate them and let me know the final verdict.
I almost forgot that at my first visit to the cardiologist, they adjusted my pacemaker back to 70 after running it at 80 for the past three years. Now it almost scares me when I feel my heart slowing itself down.
So I get to test my patience and wait for the results, though the past three days, including the day I took the tests, I have felt like a new person – then today with the cool front blowing through and the north wind throwing things around I find myself watching how much I do of anything without pushing my oxygen level back into the high-80’s.
Remember in my last posting I wrote about a short story I self-published on Amazon, well during the past four weeks I did another big writing project and that was to finally finish editing and revising a novel my great-grandfather wrote around 1903 but never had published.
The book is titled ‘The Caves of McKinley Island’ by Walter Bliss Newgeon and is a story of a man who leaves his home in Connecticut looking for adventure and adventure he did find along the coast by San Francisco where he joined up with a vessel heading for the gold county of Alaska. The trip brought him adventure, intrigue, deception and most of all a very unexpected romance within the Caves of McKinley Island. Look it up, it makes for a good read when you are too tired in your own battle with COPD and/or Asthma and just need to rest.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ and Me are 4 today.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.