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

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What A Glorious Day...

It was 36 degrees out and just beautiful out!!

I've been busy trying to get everything done so I could get my house refinanced. Pouring over garden seed catalogs...ever the green thumb ya know! Also, have wonderful news. The ICAA coordinator contacted me to get the ball rolling for Rusk county to start a grow-a-row program. I am so excited they have embraced it! It will send out such a positive message to our local community as well as surrounding communities as well! Think of a rain shower in spring and each one of us has an opportunity to be one of those little rain drops!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Living Well While Living With Uncertainty

I thought a lot about that today. I have had my share of bumps and bruises along the way in life. Some brought on by me some brought on by others( in the form of layoffs). I haven't posted because I promised not to be an Oscar the grouch! Monday morning I went into work while others who had as much as 25 - 40 years in got mandatory layoff. I sat in my car arriving 35 minutes early to work looking at the factory thinking about my co-workers. How many would be there...How many wouldn't be returning ever. I had bid on the position as a aluminum extrusion sawyer four years ago because it was level 4 and they always seemed to get more overtime than any other dept. It seemed so surreal. I have slightly less than 5 years in. Right now alpha1 pales in comparison to all of that!

How do you live well while living with uncertainty??? You make a choice to. You choose that your cup is half full. You direct your attention to someone or something else. As Kathy from work today said "It doesn't do you any good to worry about it!" It really does more good to focus on somebody or something else. You have the possibility of making someone elses life better and feeling good about yourself at the same time! I got a call from Michelle at Accredo today for a reorder and asked her to call me in a couple weeks. I explained what has happened and explained what I was trying to do about my low morale. She was understanding and said that was fine. I can't speak for the others that distribute augmentation therapy meds but, I suspect the same holds true....they really care about the patients!!!

Today, I choose to focus on Angel Flight Central and Grow-A-Row.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Furnace Filters

What is it they say "experience is a great teacher"....well, a recent experience drove that point home!

I had replaced furnace filter with the spare the previous owners had left. It was a filter that removed 8 different things instead of one that removed 11 different things. My eyes had been itching for several days. I decided to replace it with the higher filtration filter. Next morning when I woke up my eyes didn't itch and I had an easier time of breathing. It costs a couple bucks more than the lower filtration filter but, the difference it makes in quality of life is worth every penny!!

Also, micro fiber or leather covered furniture is better for your lungs than cloth covered furniture. They don't trap/hold things that are detrimental to your lungs. Likewise if you can do away with carpet & knick-knacks which hold dust and other nasty's that is also a worthy pursuit to protect your lungs.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Old McDonald Had a Farm...

Boy, do I ever feel like old McDonald. I still have a job but, will need to get up at ungodly o'clock in the morning. I thankfully didn't get the call from my supervisor saying "You have been given mandatory layoff." I got the call to show up for day shift in my normally determined area. I have run into a couple of people who work 2nd shift where I work around town and I swear they used the dartboard method for determining who got mandatory lay off. 52 took voluntary and 200 got mandatory.

Now like old McDonald I'm going to have to watch the weather till spring comes. Guess there's worse things that could happen! I am so thankful I have my farm. People always have to eat and I got the place to grow stuff. Plus, I ain't gonna go hungry. My Mother said to me once after I said I was hungry..."You're always hungry!" I am also thankful for my sister Mary who took the time to bake and cook with me at an early age when she was home on weekends from college. I started cooking at 7 and baking by myself when I was 9. I'm also thankful for having a frugal Father who grew up during the great depression and taught us all how to be resourceful.