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Taking Control of Asthma before it Takes Control of Me, Again

Hi, All! 

It has been awhile since I stopped by. Along with summertime activities, my extended family has experienced some very serious medical issues.  My aunt, at age 76, almost died a few months ago; she's home now but, if she does not step up to the plate and begin to properly take care of herself, her health will become critical yet again. 

Hearing this from my cousin, that many of my aunt's choices or refusal to make a choice, which in effect,  is a choice, led to her being critically ill.  This was not something that happened in a short amount of time, but rather, a process over years of not properly attending to her health in a more proactive way. 

Thus, the title of my post, Taking Control of My Asthma Before it takes Control of Me, Again. 

It wasn't until about 5 years, maybe less that I was diagnosed with asthma. Last October I began allergy shots and seeing an asthma doctor; my PCP is very knowledgeable about asthma and really worked hard with me to get things under control, but it just didn't happen. 

I have improved with the new regimen and meds set up by the asthma doctor, but I'm not where I want to be.  My family and I have made many lifestyle changes such as no perfumes, frequent bathing of pets, lots and lots of cleaning, changing filters, etc.  

However, at almost 56, birthday next month, my physical health is the worst I can ever remember it being. Partly from the allergy/asthma issue; partly by neglecting my self care. I guess I should mention serious depression on top of it all. 

I Want to Be Healthier! I stand 5/6 and I weigh 238. I have not even tried to maintain any semblance of an exercise program since 2014; the asthma doctor said I will need to start slow, really slow. Like walking up the steps until I begin to feel winded, then stop.  Folks, that's about 3/4's of the way up, on the first trip! (Can't go outside because of pollens here).

My diet is such that I am borderline at being put on meds for chloresterol. I don't want yet another med; my goal is to reduce my meds.  Generally, it's not about overeating for me but the choices I make.  My excuse is that because of my allergies, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome, which reduces, significantly what foods I can eat without a reaction, hives & a nasty headache (and really really grumpy). Those limited food choices are within the fruit and vegetable categories. Add into the mix there are some choices in those categories that are not going past these lips, and there's not a whole lot left. 

So, before I end up in the hospital some day by sheer neglect of my own health, I thought I would 1) write it out here to get it off my mind & 2) ask how others in this community how they have maintained or even improved their health while living with asthma? 3) if it was slow going, how did you keep your eye on the prize and not get discouraged? 

Enough about me. It's coming up on Fall. The main irritants in this area, ragweed, grasses and chenopods are just about in full force.  ACHOO, achoo! 

Thanks all! 

Laura

 

 

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  • Jen

    Hugs Laura Jeanne~  I think it's great that you're looking at taking control of things.  One thing that you may find useful for healthy eating/exercise is an app like myfitnesspal. When you log your food, it is amazing how many calories you actually consume.  

    For exercise, there are some ideas in this thread on .  Also, using an app and/or an activity monitor (like Fitbit) is a good way to get a baseline and gradually increase what you're doing.  

    We're cheering you on! 

  • Pljohns

    Congrats on making the decision to take control of your health before it takes control of you.  I"m in the middle of trying to lose some weight-and it's easy to get discouraged.  I too have only had this to deal with for about 7 years and it's been a rollercoaster.  I have a Fitbit and have begun making healthier choices in what I eat.  I"m stubborn so once I make up my mind, that's pretty much it.  Instead of a biscuit for breakfast, I now eat fruit and instead of running out for a burger or taking a big lunch, I eat fruit and cheese and then for dinner I have my meat and vegi's.  Some days I take a salad to work but very little if any dressing.  

    I starte my goals small-2000 steps throughout the day and have now worked up to 6000.  I go to the Y most nights and walk or ride the stationary bike or both and it's coming off slowly.  I try to remind myself that it wasn't put on quickly and it's not going to come off quickly.  A lot of mine is prednisone weight but I refuse to use that as an excuse.  There are days that yep, that milkshake slips in there, but I try for the rest of the day to be back on tap.  

    Cynthia and I on this board and keeping each other on tap with steps and that's really helps.  My asthma too is out of control so exercising is tough some days but don't beat yourself up if you don't make it one day, just do your best the next day.  We're here when you need encouragement so come back and let us know how you are doing.  I think you've made the first and hardest move-the decision to do something, and that's a step in the right direction.

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Pljohns

    Thank you. Your understanding  words, and Jens, have actually made me weep a bit. You've heard the cry of my heart and responded with such encouragement. Bless you. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Woohoo, Laura Jeanne! I'm so excited for you! What an inspiration you are to someone like me … it's so easy for me to get discouraged or to put off exercise because of my asthma, or to not eat the healthy foods I can eat because of my DD's food allergies and our own time constraints. 

    Could you …

    • Make a list of all the healthy foods that you CAN eat without a reaction?
    • Figure out ways to exercise indoors?
    • Track your calories like Jen suggested (that helped me!)
    • Figure out ways to prepare healthy foods that are easier and quicker?

    About a year ago (a bit more now) I wound up with pneumonia and a whale of an asthma flare, and all my progress for my lungs just went backwards. I had no respiratory endurance or stamina (is that even a term?) and like you, I would get breathless with very little exertion. I'm not overweight, but I wasn't fit at all — think skinny fat, and you have the right idea! And the weight gain was going in the wrong direction!

    I agree with your doctor — slow and steady wins the race! It's easier to make little changes stick, and then you can build.

    Like you, I couldn't exercise outdoors (exercise induced asthma, environmental allergies, and now weather triggers.) BUT I decided to do what I could. So I started just walking up and down my hall in my house. At first, it was just five or so minutes at the time. Then it became easier to walk 10 minutes. Then 20 … And then I realized I could do something fun like listen to music on my iPhone or talk to family and friends. When I call my sister, I walk. When I call my friends, I walk. 

    I'm also the proud possessor of an exercise bike that my dad got me at an auction for $18. I've had to build up to using it, and when I don't regularly use it, I can tell! 

    My goal is to get 6K steps in a day. Do I always do that? No. But with FitBit, some fitness buddies to challenge me and @Pljohns to encourage me, I'm doing better!

    You can do it! The only competition you should worry about is yesterday's you. If you do one step more than yesterday, if you're active one minute longer than yesterday, then that's a win! And you'll keep improving!

  • Laura Jeanne

    @K8sMom2002

    Wow, thank you! 

    Inspiring. Your last paragraph is especially meaningful. I've screenshot your reply. 

    Thanks again. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Awwww … thank you! You can do it! We're here for you! 

    For me, personal accountability is a big key to any success I have. I need a partner that won't make me feel ashamed when I don't meet my goals, but will encourage me to say, "Hey, you've got what it takes, and I'll walk alongside you while you reach for it!"

    That's what AAFA is for me, and what folks like @Pljohns and @Jen have been … and I'm blessed with fitness buddies outside of AAFA as well, so that helps, too. 

    So feel free to let us be part of your accountability buddies!

  • Jen

    @Laura Jeanne I just started a  thread that may help you with meal ideas.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Laura Jeanne, I thought about you this AM as I climbed on my exercise bike. If you hadn't posted this thread, I might still be making excuses. So thank you!

  • Megan Roberts

    Hi @Laura Jeanne!  We're so glad to see you back here again!

    First off, I want to applaud you for reaching out for support in your efforts to find a healthier you.  You are off to an excellent start.

    Secondly, you've received some really great advice here so far.  Starting off small and building from there is key.  Both to make the thought of exercise not too overwhelming, and because it's the best approach for your body, especially with asthma.  

    You have wonderfully come to the realization that change is needed before you've gotten to the point your aunt has reached.  Now you have to figure out how to make it a reality.  I second the thought mentioned above that finding an accountability partner is a great approach.  Do you have someone you could take walks with?  If not, you can check in with us here at the very least.  If you can find a walking buddy, it may motivate you to WANT to go for that walk. I find my own success rate of exercise is MUCH higher when paired with socializing.

    If you don't want to buy the fitbit, there are plenty of free fitness apps to help you reach your goals.  Steps trackers, calorie trackers, and some are integrated with social media so you can connect with friends and motivate each other.  

    It sounds like you are ready to make a change.  You have so much support here!  One step at a time will keep moving you towards that healthier version of yourself.  And the great thing is, the more you build up your activity, the more energy you are going to have, and the more endorphins will be floating around in your brain, helping you to ward off the depression that you are struggling with now.  I have been there as well, so I can totally relate to the difficulty of activating yourself when that is your reality.  It's hard, but I've done it, and you can do it as well.  Just one step at a time!  Keep moving forward while trusting that you will arrive where you want to be if you do.  

    Thought:  I used to lead a breast cancer walking group that met indoors sometimes.  Many of the participants were in treatment and couldn't walk in the heat.  We'd go to a local mall that had lots of natural lighting and a water fountain and not a lot of other people in it.  I know in my area, there are also a bunch of community centers that have indoor walking tracks.  What kind of places are in your area that would make for a nice indoors walk?  (Even if it's a walk that only lasts a few minutes at a time, to start with. That is MUCH better than no walk at all!)

    Also, remember that we're rooting for you!

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Megan Roberts

    Thank you Megan. 

    I don't really have someone I could walk with, but you did remind me that there are several places near my home and workplace for walking indoors; I hadn't even thought about it until you said it! 

    I have Fitness Pal on my iPhone and iPad; I think there is a step counter in Fitbit but I'm not sure. I will check. 

    It is good to hear from people who are or have been on a similar journey; I don't feel so alone. The response and support in this group is really something to be proud of. A relative is currently undergoing testing for asthma and will get results next week. She asked about a support group; I provided her with the link. 

    Again, thank you Megan. And all who have responded! 

  • Shea

    Hi Laura Jeanne! I think you have done a lot already for self-care that you don't give yourself credit for. You have identified allergens and triggers, you work on avoidance of them, and now engaging in a community. 

    With, asthma, sometimes I get caught up in what I can't do, sometimes I push myself to do things I shouldn't do, sometimes I try yo mske myself do things I don't like, but when I am happiest I am focused on what I realistically CAN DO, and I do not push myself to do things I shouldn't do (I take my triggers and allergies very seriously, and I avoid them, especially in my home environment–I learned no cats or dogs in my home and I have nice tame lizards now only). Some people fight there asthma alot but to me, my asthma is part of me, and I have a positive affirmation that I say to myself as much as possible: "I love and accept myself". I look at my asthma and allergies as a form communication, and I try to be mindful and caring in my response to my asthma attacks. 

    Today, my son and I went to a bday party at a park. I brought soy-free and nut-free foods, and a skewer to grill so I did not get hung up in what we could eat. I went far away from the grill until the cooking was done. Neither my son or I pet the dog that was there, and we sat awsy from it. When a person lit a cigarette, I excused myself and my son. And when I was tired, I left. All thst seems little, but it has taken me YEARS to get here. Before I would have ignored, suffered through, overdone, and probably ended up in worse condition at the end. 

  • SirFrisco
    Shea posted:

    Hi Laura Jeanne! I think you have done a lot already for self-care that you don't give yourself credit for. You have identified allergens and triggers, you work on avoidance of them, and now engaging in a community. 

    With, asthma, sometimes I get caught up in what I can't do, sometimes I push myself to do things I shouldn't do, sometimes I try yo mske myself do things I don't like, but when I am happiest I am focused on what I realistically CAN DO, and I do not push myself to do things I shouldn't do (I take my triggers and allergies very seriously, and I avoid them, especially in my home environment–I learned no cats or dogs in my home and I have nice tame lizards now only). Some people fight there asthma alot but to me, my asthma is part of me, and I have a positive affirmation that I say to myself as much as possible: "I love and accept myself". I look at my asthma and allergies as a form communication, and I try to be mindful and caring in my response to my asthma attacks. 

    Today, my son and I went to a bday party at a park. I brought soy-free and nut-free foods, and a skewer to grill so I did not get hung up in what we could eat. I went far away from the grill until the cooking was done. Neither my son or I pet the dog that was there, and we sat awsy from it. When a person lit a cigarette, I excused myself and my son. And when I was tired, I left. All thst seems little, but it has taken me YEARS to get here. Before I would have ignored, suffered through, overdone, and probably ended up in worse condition at the end. 

    I am beginning the journey to acceptance. I have had asthma since I was 5, so for 40 years, yet I have never accepted my limitations. I just fight it, struggle, put on a happy face, and suffer. Thank you for reminding me that I have choices & sometimes there's no reason to struggle. 

    I have a lot to say about my experience with asthma, but since I'm new to this site I will sit and read a lot first. But I wanted to say your post spoke to me because I am just now starting to realize I am not superwoman, and that's okay. I am allowed to take care of myself & put my health first. I have to. 

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Shea

    Wow, thank you so much. You are so very right; accepting the asthma and doing what I must do to take care of myself to prevent attacks is key. You are also right in that when I focus on what I can't do, I get discouraged. Great reminder to focus on the cans and not the cant's. 

    Welcome to the forum! I think you are going to love it here! 

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, since you have an iPhone, you can use your iPhone as a tracker for FitBit. Here are the , which is what allows you to use your iPhone as a FitBit. Of course it will only count the steps you take when you have your phone with you, but it's a great way to connect with other friends who "FitBit" without having to spend the $$ until you're sure you want to do it. 

    @SirFrisco, loved what you said — I am not superwoman, and that's okay! It has taken me a long time to admit the first part of that, but there are still lots of times when I can't add that last bit. Welcome!

    Shea, as always, you put things beautifully! 

    I'm inspired! I'm going to start a new thread about daily exercise — and I think I'll call it #beat yesterday — so that we can encourage everyone to do what they can of any exercise. And I want to come back to this thread often to help me learn from wise folks like Laura Jeanne, and Shea, and SirFrisco and get great tips like Megan shared. 

  • Jen

    @Laura Jeanne I have seen you chiming in on our  and  topics.  How are you feeling now that you've started to do some self care?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    More positive. More in control instead of the big A being in control. Three month check up with asthma doctor today; both of us are pleased. 

    After a couple weeks of tracking, learning where my calories are coming from; what nutrients I'm missing and what I need to eat less of, i.e. Sugar, I'm feeling more aware and am beginning to stop & think before eating or drinking. 

    My hubby asked if I'd like to take a walk this afternoon, since the pollen levels, seem to be going down. I declined. Running up and down stairs doing laundry left me a bit tired. 

    I am so glad I took the risk of sharing how I was feeling that day for I discovered anew how awesome this group of people are. You've all become my cheerleaders! 

    Grateful. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Yay! I can tell you that this group has been so beneficial to me in taking control of my asthma. It sounds like the same kind of thing is happening to you!  

  • Laura Jeanne

    @K8sMom2002, 

    Yes, it was a bit easier to track the first couple weeks but then I started forgetting. I'll have to set up reminders for myself! LOL

    You? 

  • Jen

    It can be easy to forget to track things sometimes.  I will go back and retroactively put things into myfitnesspal.  Even if it's not totally accurate, it still gives me a pretty good picture of what's going on.

  • Kathy P
    SirFrisco posted:

    I am beginning the journey to acceptance. I have had asthma since I was 5, so for 40 years, yet I have never accepted my limitations. I just fight it, struggle, put on a happy face, and suffer. Thank you for reminding me that I have choices & sometimes there's no reason to struggle. 

    I have a lot to say about my experience with asthma, but since I'm new to this site I will sit and read a lot first. But I wanted to say your post spoke to me because I am just now starting to realize I am not superwoman, and that's okay. I am allowed to take care of myself & put my health first. I have to. 

    @SirFrisco putting yourself and your health first is important. How can we help support you on that journey?

    Your comment about accepting your limitations struck me. You are right that sometimes we can make choices so we don't struggle. But the flip side if that is not allowing asthma to rob us of things we want to do. Sometimes finding that balance can be difficult. 

    For years I swung between pushing myself without my asthma being well-controlled and usually winding up miserable and opting out of things because I figured it would flare things. Either way, I was not happy! I recently started biking and have learned a lot about my asthma! It wasn't controlled, so that's why I couldn't push things. I'm still working on really dialing things in, but I'm much more in tune with how I'm feeling. For me, that means I can push things when I'm feeling well and am learning how to tweak my treatment plan for when I'm not. That means I don't have to opt out of things, but I still might not be able to go full out. 

  • Jen

    @Laura Jeanne How are you feeling about the changes you've made?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    Pretty good. I like the fact that I am increasing activity levels. I get a weekly email from FitBit and it’s fun to see how I’ve increased my steps. Not nearly as many as I once had but not nearly as low either. Sometimes slow and steady does win the race. 

    Struggling a bit with Fitness Pal. It’s a pain to record my daily intake of food. Not quite a habit yet. And when weekends come, all bets are off that anything gets recorded at all. 

    Plugging along though. Refuse to quit. Feeling positive and proud of myself for wrangling some control back. 

    Thank you for asking. 

  • Jen

    What do you find difficult about myfitnesspal and recording food?  Is it remembering to record it?  I know sometimes I have to go back and retroactively put stuff in. It may not be totally accurate, but it's still a pretty good picture of what's going on.

  • Kathy P

     @Laura Jeanne Keep plugging along! One day at time!

    I've never been good at logging food intake and stuff. I've played around a little w/ My Fitness Pal. I wonder if there is something that would make it easier. Is it just forgetting to log it?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    Thank you for asking. Yes, I’ve been using Fitness Pal. I really like it especially since it provides not just calories but how much salt; fat, and sugars. Even vitamins. 

     

  • Jen

    Yep.  I like to keep tabs on how much fiber and protein I'm getting.  I like that I can see that on myfitnesspal.

  • Jen

    @Laura Jeanne How are things going with the changes you've made? What challenges do you think you'll have over the holidays?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    Thank you for asking. I’m still out here. 

    I am still stepping. Purchased a FitBit Alta HR on a really good Cyber Monday deal from Kohl’s. (Brag moment: The FitBit was $99.99. With a $100.00 purchase came a lot of Kohls bucks. I then used those bucks, along with a coupon to purchase a pair of Converse for a Christmas gift. Along with the coupons and the sales price of the shoes, I got them for $21, including tax!) 

    Back to stepping. By having the actual FitBit, I learned my average number of steps was significantly greater than I had been tracking by the phone app, mostly because I don’t always have my phone on my person. Because of this I have increased my daily step goal. 

    As for the Asthma itself, I am experiencing the best fall/early winter that I have in years. I’ve not gotten sick, unless you count stomach virus.  I’ve had a couple Asthma exacerbations that were handled by steroids. This in itself is awesome as before beginning treatment, when things would begin flaring I would assume I was getting sick and do nothing other than typical cold OTC cold meds, until I landed in the drs office sick sick

    In the last month or so, I have experienced a flare up due to a neighbor burning trash. It was an almost immediate response. For those type of flare ups, my doctor gave me a Dulera inhaler to add to my usual QVAR inhaler. Using both for no less than 3 days helps tremendously.

    Our church experienced the loss of a beloved member last month. The Sunday following the memorial service, there were quite a few bouquets of flowers, big ones  They smelled beautiful! Unfortunately, within 20 minutes I had to leave the sanctuary because I began reacting to them. 

    Today is the first seriously cold day in my area; it was 16 at my house this morning! I know very cold air is an issue for me, covering my nose & mouth when I go out. I decided to try not covering up this morning to see what would happen…yeah, didn’t take long before I had to pull covering up over the lower half of my face. If anyone has any ideas on how to keep my glasses from steaming up, I would love to hear them.  

    Still struggling with weight issues; I had lost several pounds, then got stuck.  Sugar is my downfall. Sweeteners make me feel awful  Did you all know that Stevia is from the same family as Ragweed? Yup! Explains why stevia affects me negatively. 

    How is everyone doing? I read most of the posts that come through by email notification; I just haven’t been saying much. 

    What new thing has any of you learned about taking care of yourself before Asthma rears it’s ugly head? I continue to learn a lot in this forum. It is one of my go-to places  

    Laura

     

  • Megan Roberts

    Way to go on the savvy fitbit shopping! As for the glasses fogging, if you can prevent the hot air from escaping up under your glasses, you can prevent the fogging. I just looked up some actual medical study on how to tie surgical masks to prevent fogging during surgery. LOL. I'm guessing you just wear a scarf? But if you wear a face mask, you can either counter it around your nose to prevent that air escaping, or you can tie the mask to create "lateral vents" to allow the hot air to escape out the sides. 

    Lateral vent exhibit:

    I have been struggling to keep my own scarf actually covering my face when out in the cold. I need to find a different accessory… maybe a balaclava? that will cling to the bottom half of my face better! 

    There were a couple discussions about types of face masks in different forums here. I picked up some good info on face masks with charcoal filters helping with the cold, which is a trigger for me too. You can find them on Amazon or ebay.

    Three cheers for your wellness this fall/winter thus far!  That is a huge win!

  • Shea

     Have been having lots of issues with the glasses fogging with masks… Ill have to try a different mask bc i dont think either of the ones can do that lateral vent thing and they have supposedly nose seal flexibke metal … but it doesnt work to prevent glasses fogging.

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, that is AWESOME! I so love it when I can get something at a ridiculously low price! 

    And I love my FitBit! It really does keep me "honest." 

    Another thing you may want to check out is if your insurance policy has a program for asthma management or weight loss. Sometimes an insurance plan carries with it a "check-in" program for chronic conditions, where nurses will call and make sure you're doing okay, and give you tips on how to help. It helps keep folks out of the ER because they're better at managing their asthma. Some of these programs come with incentives like gift cards.

    My last employer had that wellness program, and I got all sorts of awesome gifts for the family with my gift cards — my best one was my pressure cooker! Healthier eating fast!

    Bummer on the flowers and the trash triggering things … but it sounds like you had a plan in place to address both issues. Way to go!

  • Jen

    @Laura Jeanne How are you doing with your lifestyle changes over the holiday season?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    Well, Jen, would you believe: the band on my new FitBit has caused contact dermatitis on my left wrist, underside? I’m currently wearing it on my right while I work with an Etsy person to make one without metals. 

    My doctor, finally, put me on meds for hypothyroidism. Sent me for a sonogram as part of the treatment with followup blood work in 6 weeks. 

    She also referred me for a sleep study test, partly due to what FitBit was reflecting, but mostly due to my history of loud snoring and my hubby having to nudge me to get me to wake up enough to take a breath. Yikes! 

    Beginning December 21, I’ve taken off work until 1/3 or later due to extreme fatigue. 

    I refuse to give up or give in and am still determined to increase my steps, bettering my health. 

    With all the above, I’ve experienced a sickies free fall and early winter! 

    Oh, I wrote to FitBit..they will take the unit back for a full refund. I just want to try one more band first. Pretty cool, huh? 

    I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! 

    How are you fairing Jen? 

    Laura

     

  • Jen

    Ugh on the dermatitis from the band.  I hope the new band helps.

    How is it going with the thryroid meds?  When's the sleep study?

    That's awesome that you managed to avoid the sickies!

    Me?  I'm doing ok.  Been kinda slacking on my steps/activity the last couple weeks with all of the festivities and other to do list things.  That and eating too many cookies.   I hope to get back into better habits once everyone is back at school next week.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Laura Jeanne, did you ever get a FitBit band to work? And what did you find out from the sleep study?

  • Laura Jeanne

    @K8sMom2002

    Hi, 

    Guess I kind of vanished from the forum! 

    How are you & your family?

    How about everyone else…? 

    Here is an update,

    1. FitBit-I found a wristband constructed of paracord on Etsy.  Haven’t had an issue since. The person I purchased it from was awesome; he made it to fit me & in colors I chose, yet was willing to take it back for a full refund if I had more allergic reactions. As for steps, last Thursday we went to Hershey Park; I was less than 500 steps from 12,000 for the day. Boy, was I tired! 

    2. Sleep Study-Results were that I stopped breathing 46x in an hour. I have been successfully using a CPAP since the end of March. And if you know of anyone that needs to do a sleep study, tell them I said go for it.  It is well worth it.

    3. Allergy/Asthma-Still on weekly shots. I missed too many weeks this past winter that they had to back me up a bit. As far as allergies go, this has been the best spring I have experienced in years so, yeah the shots are working. 

    Asthma-doctor is happy so I guess I’m doing ok. No major exacerbations since February when I missed 3 weeks of work.  I’d like to eliminate some meds but it’s a 5 year process so perhaps I’m putting the cart before the horse.

    4. Thyroid-late 2017/early 2018 my doctor advised me that I have hypothyroidism.  I cannot begin to explain the depth of tiredness & fatigue this caused.  Some days it was so bad I was not fit to drive! I recently learned there is a possible correlation between adult onset asthma & hypothyroidism. Has followup bloodwork today, great news is my thyroid levels are now stable & right where the doctor wants it. 

    Unfortunately, in early May I learned I was borderline anemic. I’ve been trying to improve that by diet but was unsuccessful. The bloodwork still shows anemia; I have to go back to the lab though because the wrong color tube was used. Never heard of such a thing. My LPN step daughter explained that different tubes have different processing agents in the tubes; using the wrong color can really skew the results! 

    5. At the end of tax season 2018, I turned in a notice of an extended leave of absence.  I generally continue working the rest of the year, 12-15 hours a week.  Due to my health issues, and unfortunately an increasing untenable work atmosphere, I have chosen to not work for now. 

    It has turned out to be a great decision for me. I am really enjoying the time with my family; being at home; doing things I like to do & even a few new things! 

    The idea is I’m supposed to go back at the end of 2018 or early 2019, but I’m not all that sure I want to do that.  After 27 years, I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at something different, but what I’ve no clue.

    This is far more information than you probably bargained for when you posed your question.  That’s my fault for staying away so long! 

    My next goal is to work harder on removing poundage and increasing stamina. 

    Looks like the hot days of summer have arrived.  This weekend is looking to have heat indexes over 100! I will be inside enjoying the air conditioning! 

    Again, thanks for remembering me! 

    God bless, 

    Laura

     

     

     

     

  • Melissa G

    Glad to hear you were able to get a Fitbit band that works for you! Wow, that is scary sleep study results. How do you like your CPAP? My parents are supposed to be using one, but they both struggle every night. Yay, on better thyroid numbers! 

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Melissa G

    The CPAP took a bit of getting used to. I knew I wasn’t sleeping well, just not how serious it was. Desperation for sleep drove my stubbornness to adapt. 

    My mask is not a full face mask; it covers my nose only. Were it a full face mask, I doubt I’d be doing as well as I am. 

    Does your parents CPAP have a full face mask or a nose mask? Perhaps going back to speak with the prescribing doctor might be helpful; maybe there are some adjustments that could be made to help them? 

    My hubby is very pleased…my snoring doesn’t wake him up at night anymore…and he has a 50% hearing impairment! Apparently I was really loud.

    I wish the best for your parents. The CPAP has definitely made a positive change for me! 

  • Melissa G

    I think they have tried both styles. Both my parents snore horribly. I don't think they have truly given the cpap a chance. They cannot handle missing any sleep to get use to something. 

    Thanks so much! 

  • LK

    Hi Laura!  

    I just joined these forums last fall.  Glad to hear that you are doing so well!!  

    My DH snores a lot and loudly but I doubt I would ever be able to get him to do a sleep study.  

    Again, that's great that you are doing so much better!!  

  • Laura Jeanne

    Ugh! Spoke too soon. 

    Here I sit at doctors office after catching the cold my teenager brought home. Summer colds are the worst without adding an asthma flare up! 

    Ugh ugh ugh