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

Monday, June 3, 2013

FYI: Hydration And Electrolytes

After recovering from my bug. I thought I was ok...however, being full on in planting season I learned I maybe wasn't completely. Have been working in my field preparing it for planting before my night shift job. Was having headaches and losing momentum fast!! Anyways, I had started trying to drink more water. I'd \remembered growing up on the farm that my Dad would carry a jug of cold water on the hay wagon while we baled hay (and yes, I drove the tractor and he bucked the bales...he discovered I could pick up wind rows better than him and he could stack bales better & faster than me!). That didn't seem to, I asked my friends who are EMT's what I might do different. They said my electrolytes were probably out of wack from the meds and I might be experiencing heat exhaustion. They recommended I drink Gatorade, Kwikade (Kwik-Trip brand) or PowerAde to help replenish the loses. Although, I still have some issues with headaches...the Gatorade or Kwikade does help. Looking at investing in straw hat to reduce sun exposure and try to eat more to see if that is part of the problem.