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The Hoarse Whisperer

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I have really REALLY gotten out of the habit of blogging...that goes for my non-Spark blogs also...out of the five blogs I really am only paying attention to one of them...and of late, even that has been sporadic.

So maybe I shouldn't be so overzealous about writing lengthy, "meaty" blogs...and instead just chat with you a bit..til I can get my blog on, if you know what I mean.

I've been in the hospital since last Thursday for asthma and a stubborn respiratory infection gained in the pursuit of Enbrel - a drug (new to me) to try to corral my psoriatic arthritis. Problem was I got REALLY sick this time around....So sick I had trouble maintaining consciousness when my fever was in the 103's last week. But I didn't go to the doctors. I knew I'd just end up here in the hospital and wanted to give it the college try before admitting defeat....So three weeks of sickness later, and I found myself in my Doc's office being told to hie me hence to yon Hospital without passing "Go" or collecting $200. So that was ancient history.

Now, my fever is down, my cough is violent and comes in spasms rather than being constant and so bad that I can't get a breath in sideways....I still have no voice but a hoarse whisper due to the weeks of rasping coughs. Asthma sucks. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise...and adult onset asthma like i have not only sucks but can well kill me. God knows it's come close to doing it several times so far.

Anyway...Good news is that my doc stopped by today, interrupting my virgin bite of a veggie burger with "the works" at my dinner time and told me I can go home "Hopefully by this coming weekend." Well. yay. But I was hoping more for like "tomorrow."

My appetite has exploded due to the steroid IV injections I'm getting every four hours. HUGE MEGA doses of pure appetite. To top it off, I 've ordered the Spark Cookbook on my Kindle and have been reading it. Drooling in anticipation of getting out and getting cooking! I do have to say though that the food in this brand new hospital facility cannot be beat. It's amazingly good....Better than most restaurants I can name.

In case you don't know. Steorids = appetite = bloating= fat redistribution=water retention. So I look JUUUST lovely. and feel even worse.

Okay. Enough chatting. Got some important...something....to do. Just don' t know what it might be right now. Sleep I think it is...yeah. Sleep.
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  • no profile photo CD11085420
    Oh, my! No wonder I haven't "heard" from you! You are now at the top of my prayer list...
    Yes! Just a note here and there to let us know how you are would be nice, but when you are sick, you don't feel like "talking" to anyone. emoticon
    Rest and let your body get well!
    May you be back to some sense of normalcy soon!
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    3146 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    So sorry, you dear friend, for all you've been struggling with. That is not any fun at all. Hopefully, you'll be getting alot better with your good and excellent care and food! I'm thinking of you so much with lots of warm, soft hugs. Love Karen emoticon
    3146 days ago
  • RGEETING
    So sorry that you've been ill! It's been a difficult valley for you!

    May God comfort you, strengthen you, and hold you tight.

    May He also use you to be His hands, feet, words, love to those He has put around you there in the hospital. Perhaps this has been a divine appointment...???


    3147 days ago
  • _LINDA
    A veggie burger, at a hospital, good food? Are those drugs making you a wee bit delirious maybe?? If I was to ever get good food in a hospital, I would be wanting to stay. What is not to like, you get waited on hand and foot, your every need is looked after, they serve you meals in bed.. They do all the cleaning. Hmmm.
    I can't imagine what it would feel like to not be able to breathe -came close when one of my lungs collapsed (the bigger one), but still not the same. It sounds like you are doing better if they are ready to send you home. I hope so.
    Sending healing thoughts and comforting hugs,
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    3147 days ago
  • DANMAR1
    I hope you feel better soon. emoticon
    3147 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    I don't even have the excuse of steroids for the mega appetite that has put 30 extra pounds on my poor body since September. Hope going home is soon in the stars for you. Get that cough under control and you'll be headed out to Milford in no time at all. Perhaps the chef in the hospital kitchen could go home with you and share your experiences with the Spark People Cookbook. I know I've seen enough of Chef Meg's recipes that I can only imagine the excitement at cooking and savoring those wonderful meals. Get well soon!
    3147 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Yep, I can relate to all you are going through !! and it stinks ! .
    No-one can understand what you are going through except another chronic Asthmatic .

    When I had a massive heart attack in 1998 They uses a drug Strepta---- some thing .. and it not only cleared my arteries it also cleared my lungs ...

    Now this has not been proven yet to my knowledge... but my feeling is that it will also be used in time to help Asthmatics.
    Do you think it might be worth your while to ask your doctor what he thinks about it ?. Just a thought my friend ..

    As for the appetite and bloating, hopefully it will go down when they take you off the Cortisone.
    I was on this drug for 8 years ... dosage was 15 mls a day !.
    This was a enormous dosage but it did save my life .
    Sending all my love and prayers that you will feel better soon .. Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3147 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2012 7:39:56 PM
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