On A Wellness Quest
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Today is day 56 since I first got sick. It appears that the infection may finally be gone but it took so long that my body is having trouble bouncing back. I still have fatigue, a cough and bouts of heavy sweating. My CT scan showed signs of severe inflammation and scarring from previous granulomatous disease. I am still on some strong medication and will continue with it at least until my re-check with my doctor on September 24. During my next appointment, my doctor will start doing some pulmonary testing and then refer me to a specialist.
I am using riding the stationary bike, walking and doing house cleaning as my exercise. I have been wearing a heavy duty mask when cleaning (showering afterward) and am breaking up my activities into smaller blocks in an effort to spread them out over my day. I am trying to take several short showers per day and I am finding that they really help me feel better. The fatigue that I experience has been a major issue. It affects my energy level and often affects my asthma in a negative way. I am forced to rest whether I mentally want to or not. It is very frustrating for me to have to start and stop tasks constantly but I am resigned to the fact that I need to do whatever it takes to beat this.
My hope is that the testing that I will go through, will just show that I have scar tissue due to having been very sick. I am aware that from this point onward, I will need to be very careful with my health. I am eager to get back to my regular workout routine but I know that it will take a while before I can build my stamina up again.
Here are my wellness goals:
1). Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
2). Do at least one 10 minute workout per day - enough to work up an easy sweat
3). Break up chores and workouts into chunks and spread them out over the day
4). Drink at least 64 ounces of fluid per day
5). Take my medication daily on a set schedule
6). Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies per day
7). Monitor sodium levels daily and stay under 1500 mg
8). Eat adequate amounts of healthy fat daily
9). Eat adequate amounts of protein daily try for at least 80 grams
10). Eat 2-3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy daily
11). Use stress reduction techniques daily
12). Use activity pacing and pain reduction techniques daily
13). Eat mainly unprocessed foods
14). Limit consumption of sugar
15). Be kind to myself - treat myself as I would a treasured friend