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

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I am so relieved!

I saw my pulmonologist on Tuesday the day before surgery because I was concerned about a slight infection I asked him if I made the right decision in regard to the mastectomy and no radiation....he said he thought so. He said they have gone round and round w/ oncology about radiation scatter(oncology denies it happens) and the pulmonology doctors wind up dealing with the patient after radiation scatter has done it's damage.

I am cancer free. My sentinel node biopsy came back 100% negative. I don't have to worry about lymphydema(sp?). I don't have to do chemo or radiation. The breast surgeon intern said I did wake up in the middle of surgery(which I have no recollection of) and they had to knock me out again. He said they beat me up pretty good in surgery. The plastic surgeon said they were able to put 200cc's of fluid in the temporary implant so that will speed up the process!

My sister Mary said she didn't get to leave the hospital till 7pm(Ihad started out on the operating table at 8 or 9am). I didn't get emotional like I thought I would but, I was pretty high strung till I got to Mary's Monday night. I had some family who were concerned I would battle depression afterwards. I thought there was a possibility of a little depression but, wound up experiencing none. I have been lectured multiple times to take it easy and not push myself so hard(I get accused of that frequently). When you have a drain coming out your side that makes you as sore as I am you are kinda forced to half way behave yourself. I find myself babying the heck out of my right side. It's very challenging when you are rightside dominant!

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