As some of you know I had returned to college last fall for the first time in 14 years with intentions of being on the eight year plan. I then withdrew for the spring semester I signed up for because there was the threat of involuntary layoff, I was pretty wore down physically and getting sick. I had also decided that I should go back to college when I get put on disability. It would give me something to focus on besides my imminent death.
We are working 40 hr work weeks sporadically and the thought occured to me "What Color Is Your Parachute....if they lay you off?". I have since decided if I can somehow come up with the money to take 3 credits a semester I should try to do that since I know there are several medical/pharmaceutical companies that like to hire Alpha's.
I told my Chicago clients this might be my last year mowing their lawns but, on the other hand I also told them every year I swear is the last and I'm still doing them 3 years later! Nine credits a year isn't a lot but, over time it may prove very beneficial to me. I also know there are a number of essay based scholarships out there for people my age listed on Fastweb and I think I should attempt to complete them. Nothing ventured...Nothing gained!!
The Top10 Things You Should Do If You Test Positive For Alpha1
- Have A List Of Questions When You See a Doctor About Your Alpha1(If you try to remember the questions you want to ask you may forget half of them)
- Learn To Breathe Effectively
- Limit Or Eliminate Your Alcohol Consumption
- Don't Be Afraid To Be Proactive About Your Alpha1
- Get Plenty Of Rest(You will likely have a higher oxygenation level)
- Avoid Sick People(You have a lower immune system than most people)
- Drink Plenty Of Water
- Eat Healthy/Avoid Processed Food(Carbonated beverages)
- Start A Careful Exercise Program/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program(Your muscles will become more efficient so they won't use as much oxygen and if you have surgery you will likely recover quicker as well)
- Stop Smoking