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

Sunday, January 11, 2009


As the result of a conversation with my sister Johanna I asked on Noreens chatroom this evening about flight help if she tried to get listed at Loyola. Noreen came through in SPADES!! I learned of three non-profit organizations. After everyone left the chat room I went to look at their sites and have volunteered to help . They are a part of angel charity network a 501(c) (3). I learned that sometimes it's not people needing organ tx or flying organs. It's sometimes sick kids to summer camps geared to them or just very sick people needing critical care they can only get far away.

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