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

Friday, December 18, 2009

Don't Feel Like The Lone Ranger...

A series of things that has occurred over the last 3 weeks or so is leading me to take a sabbatical from the internet with the exception of banking and my diary entries for the Stepping Forward research project. I have some health issues I want to address. I'm going to use that time I would normally be on the net to exercise. It will help with those health issues that are concerning me. I have been working overtime, on home improvements inside & outside repair/cleaning projects(the in & out temp changes are hard on my lungs right now). I'm also not going to plan any bike treks or try to get on the fair commission.

I spoke to my health POA's Mother this last weekend and she said Karen is very concerned that I am over working myself. I know if I don't address the health matters Karen will catch a flight and I will address those health matters! She knows how to hold my feet to the fire. She has known me for close to 23 yrs now and she remembers when I tried to go to work w/ a 102 temp. At the time I was living in her house and she cut me off at the pass. She is a wonderful person whom you will meet if you go to the national Alpha1 convention in Orlando this June. Her family and I joke about me being "the third cub". Plan A is much preferable to plan B!!

If you are reading this blog for the first time, are newly diagnosed & need someone to communicate with....go to That is Noreen James website and she loves to help other alphas. I don't intend to check my email for a while & I'm planning to shelf my seasoning business till the end of March at least.

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