Living Well with a Bad Diagnosis - Lung Disease

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Exercise = Breathing Better

I swear my breathing is better if I make sure to exercise everyday. Try the experiment for yourself. Build up the intensity of the exercise just a bit each day. After working hard in the gardens yesterday, I slept so well plus there is the bonus that I am breathing effortlessly this morning. It will be interesting to see my saturation numbers while working out in the rehab class later today. My bet is that they are better than there were on Tuesday.

Our friends Jim and Kathy are throwing a party graduation party for their youngest granddaughter early Friday evening. They own a huge company and the party will be in the gardens and around the fire pit in the "yard." Outside. In the fog. I shall be wearing a heavy winter coat, scarf around my neck and stay upwind from the fire pit! I love their parties as I tend to bump into people I haven't seen in years. Lots of fun.

Before all the fun, I will have my once a year appointment with Dr. M., my endocrinologist. I love his office people and he was the doctor who wrote the referral for my lung disease way back in 2004. He was one of my parents at the school where I got sick.

Several years before he was my doctor, I had struggled with exhaustion, loss of hair, broken fingernails and so many symptoms but it was the loss of my period that finally caused the doctors to pay attention to my complaints. One idiot told me I was suffering from depression. Finally, a nurse practitioner who knew me personally, decided to delve deeper. She found I actually had Hashimoto's Disease, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. After six months of regulating medications, I was finally feeling normal. After she left a clinic, Dr. M. took over my case and actually tweaked the medications and has been tweaking me ever since!

Before my appointment tomorrow, I will spend the morning with mom. We will not have seen each other for an entire week. We will have to talk quickly!

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