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, January 28, 2010


I am still trying to get a handle on what is triggering certain things. At first I thought I was hypoglycemic and I may be. I was showing all the classic signs but, when I focused on that I really only had one really great day.

I also heard that taking cinnamin capsules help with metabolizing of sugar.

Then somebody threw out the idea..."Maybe it's because of too much caffeine. So, then I had a small can of decaf at the house and did a 1/2 caf/1/2decaf batch of coffee. Then I had two really good days in a row. I have also begun eating breakfast every morning for the first time in 25 yrs. I can't skip meals or I pay. I'm still not exercising till I get a handle on this but, I am sure I will resolve what cause me to have bad or so-so days. I am sleeping better since I switched rooms and my mind seems sharper to me. I am currently reading: "The Difference".

Monday, January 4, 2010

Explain Please....I'm Concerned

I got a phone call from a friend in Chicago a day or so after my last post. This is an explanation of what happened.

I had been noticing I was forgetting things more and more often. I had been feeling exhausted. The week of the last post I had walked into work several mornings and became light headed & thought I was going to pass out. I also had walked across the parking lot over to the gas station. There is a snow bank that seperates the gas station from the employee parking lot at work. I came barreling down the other side, slowed down and wondered if I was going to pass out. The day before I last posted I had veiwed a safety dvd about the dangers of texting while driving based on a true event. Seven hrs later I had no remembered it right. I had sent an email to two biz executives(one happened to be my sister) and my primary health POA's husband who happens to be a traveling evangelist. Imagine my mortification when I discovered that the link I sent was for an adult entertainment site! I had txtd the right link to someone right after the safety mtg so I was then able to send the proper link. That was the deciding factor.

The next day the boss came around and said "The flu shots are being given in the large conference room. Your time is 12:32. Write that down somewhere so you won't forget Katie!" I realized also that if I didn't resolve these issues I would be a poor biz manager. I don't want to ever wait 8 yrs to get back to broke AGAIN! I also do not want to be another "Suzie's Super wing ding sauce"(that is not the real name of the product). It was produced in the county I live in and they were not prepared for the products demand to evolve. I want to be able to think "On the Fly" as I like to say.

I spoke to my alphanet coordinator last wk and she says "Your cognitive state is improved." I also realised when I was going through boxes and discovered my scale that I had lost a good bit of weight in the last 2 months. At first I thought it was off so, I called Marshfield Clinic and asked if I could use their scale to weigh myself. I needed the info for a alpha1 research project I was participating in. I discovered it was right. I then realised when I altered my monthly budget that by not eating any snacks from the vending machines, gas stations, etc.....I had in advertantly cut 600 -860 calories from my diet. That meant that I was only consuming about 900 - 1000 calories. According to the dietician @ Mayo I needed 1500 calories to function. I had my alphanet coordinator send an email to Dr. Sandhaus about it and he attributed to some other medical condition which I am not buying having been an athlete and watching wrestlers over the yrs drop weight in less than healthy ways to qualify for certain weight divisions.

I am feeling sharper. I'm down to a 32 waist which is likely a size 10 is my guess. I increased my caloric intake by 400 - 500 calories a day. I am still tired. By the end of today my old bedroom will be transformed into a fitness room so I will no longer have any excuse why I can't exercise. I'll have my Kurt Kinetic fluid trainer set up by the end of the week so I can prepare for biking this summer. I bought it 3 yrs ago and have never used it. I have taken my seasoning biz off the shelf a few times already. Somebody is working on the graphics. Although they are different than what I had in might just turnout way better!

This is my last post till the end of March........Stay Healthy & Stay Positive!!