A WEEK OF GOOD BREATHING, WHAT DO I DO WITH THE BUT?
By Mr. William
“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.” (Will Dursens)
Just three weeks ago I was in the hospital overnight due to oxygen level issues.
A week later at my follow up appointment with my general physician I took a Coronavirus test and a little over 24-hours later I was called and told it was negative – hurray……
What happened after that was something I really did not expect, and that was a run of eight days (including today) of unprecedented good oxygen levels and enough energy to get my step counts (according to my phone) back up to over 3,000 per day average.
My oxygen levels have pretty much stayed between 95-98% over the past week, except for when I may have gotten on my exercise bike or tried to walk for more than five minutes in the house. But even then, it never seemed to drop below 92%. Heck for a whole week I have even been able to take a shower and not have my oxygen drop below 90.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my pulmonologist as a follow up to my being in the hospital and our concern at the time of whether I should have emergency oxygen on hand.
Now it seems that my question may be about whether or not I am getting too much oxygen.
Have you ever had to look up information regarding this having high oxygen but still getting short on breath when walking through the house or even after getting off a run on the exercise bike?
I found may articles or question and answer formats with responses to my question, but unfortunately, they really did seem to make much sense to me.
So, when I see my pulmonologist this subject may be our focus of attention.
I mean I am so proud of getting a full week, instead of a normal couple of day, where I could get double work on the exercise bike without getting worn down – yet I still have the short of breath stuff often.
Other symptoms I know I need to talk with the pulmonologist about will be how I sometimes get real tired and need a nap after eating and still having some of those thud feelings in my left lung area, the same sort of thing that sent me to the ER and an overnight stay in the hospital recently.
I will be sure to discuss with him how I finally purchased a cleaner machine for my CPAP machine while also purchasing an air purifier machine for the house as well.
Maybe I should ask the doctor about the new med my general physician gave me – Levalbuterol for my nebulizer. Right now, I use it in the morning and then in the evening I take another run on my nebulizer, only this time I use a vile of my Ipratropium.
A question I have for my readers and fellow COPDers, have you ever had a Cardiopulmonary Test?
Maybe I should ask the doctor about that as well since I do have a heart condition to go along with my late Stage III COPD and severe Asthma.
I think that about covers how things have been for my and my constant companion ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Severe Asthma condition).
If you all have some feedback, comments, or suggestions – please send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org it will always be much appreciated.
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ALWAYS REMEMBER (because I have COPD and severe Asthma) – 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.
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.