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

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I know, I know...I'm supposed to take it easy

...But, I'm social!

I walked to town(1.5 miles) a couple days ago to make sure I stayed on top of my health insurance payments while off work. While on my walk to town I reflected on the way all of us reacted and how I reacted to everything surrounding my cancerin addition to when I was Medical POA(Power of Attorney) representing my Dad.

There is nothing you can do to prepare yourself to be that unless you have been that before. It is an awkward and at times unnerving position to be in. It's hard to know when to step back and when to step in even when someone you are to represent is sound of mind. Plus, you've got the effect of what you are thinking/feeling in regard to the person you care about (what they are going through emotionally as a result of the being told of the serious health issue).

I feel for my sister Mary as she is my primary POA. I wasn't very communicative. My mind was going a million miles an hour trying to work through all the information I had read about cancer as well as how it might pertain to me. My attention to the cancer and the outcome of each opposing senario was in high alert. I didn't need to write them down...I just needed not to forget what they were and how to present them in a way they would get the most effective response. If it had been a standard Pulmonologist appointment I would have needed to write the questions down.

BTW, the heat kinda made me sick to my stomach. The end result was to go off Percocet for so I could drive to town. I don't mind walking as it sometimes helps me clear my head but, this heat we're having in the northwoods at this time makes driving preferable!!

Off to Mayo tomorrow to meet with the breast surgeon, plastic surgeon and oncologist. Unfortunately my drain is still putting out too much fluid so, tomorrow isn't my lucky day to get my drain out.

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