I Now Have A Healing Plan
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday, instead of this morning. The CT scan showed that I had bronchitis and am left with patches of inflammation. It also showed previous granulomatous disease. My doctor said the word previous is a good thing but I will need to go to a pulmonary specialist for further testing after we get all of the inflammation and coughing under control. That, hopefully, will be under control within the next three weeks.
In three weeks, my primary will re-check me and start doing some testing on my lungs. He will use that testing to refer me to the best possible doctor for further treatment. Right now, the inflammation and coughing are so severe that testing is impossible. I have been put on restricted workouts of riding the bike three times per week for thirty minutes per session. My fatigue level is caused by the length of my illness, which is approximately six weeks. Inflammation and coughing only add to the mix and increase the fatigue.
I have been put on a strong dose of steroids, strong cough medicine, nebulizer treatments 3-4 times per day, large consumption of fluids, allergy medication, nose irrigation 3 times a day etc, etc., etc. He told me that the severe sweating problem will diminish with all of the inflammation, but it will take time. I can clean and work around the house if I wear a mask and shower afterwards. I am to make every effort to stay in filtered air for the majority of my time. This doesn't mean that I can't go outside, just that I need to temper my activity and use good common sense.
I am excited to at least be able to go to the gym for short periods of time. I miss seeing my workout buddies and have felt like I am losing my muscle tone. Getting some mild aerobic activity, not associated with cleaning, will help my body run more efficiently. The increase of my circulation should help with the reduction of my inflammation, as long as I don't stress myself. I need to realize that I must build more rest time into my daily schedule and not push my limits.
I feel hopeful and look forward to getting better within the next few weeks. A big thank you to all of you for your support. I know it seems like I always have some physical ailment that is being treated. Believe me when I say, it isn't much fun. Getting older isn't for sissies!