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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Upgrade From "Couch Potato" to "Couch Tomato!"

I had my physician appointment yesterday (Tuesday) and my pulmonologist appointment next Monday. My has been taking the day off to go with me. One, he wants to hear and the other due to side effects of my medication and the pneumonia, I can't drive...well, safely. I get dizzy, lightheaded, faint, tired and short of breathe easily. (I don’t think that you want me near you driving in this condition!)

This is all normal as my lungs are not clear, but slightly better. I am still supposed to get lots of rest and sleep, but not be a total "couch potato." My physician upgraded me to "couch tomato." I am using the inhaler when I get short of breath and that helps.

Some of the side effects from the medications that are driving me nuts are an increased appetite especially for sweets which I need to watch, water retention/bloating, weight gain and early morning wakening...care to talk at 2:30 to 3 am? (just kidding!) Each day, I feel a little bit stronger; however, yesterday really tired me out which doesn't take much.

Thank God, I get to continue with my four day a week therapy. One day a week, my therapist makes a house call and the other three he calls me. My psychiatrist is also doing telephone sessions as I can't drive out to see them which is more than 30 minutes away...the drive alone would be tiring.

Regarding, my father-in-law's lung cancer, we will know more after Thursday when he has an appointment to determine the diagnosis and review tests and treatment options.

So there is my little update. “It is getting better all the time.”


Wandering Coyote said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend.

Laura said...

So glad to hear you're doing better.

Tamara (TC) Staples said...


Glad to know that you have been upgraded although it doesn't sound like you are feeling a whole lot better yet. Sounds like everyone from your therapist to your husband are being really wonderful and trying to help you heal and recover.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Clueless said...

@Wandering Coyote.
@Anonymous Drifter
Thank you so much. I appreciate your caring.

@Tamara. The upgrade is ever so slight as my lungs are only slightly clearer which is the reason for the continued symptoms. Yes, I do have a good support system including you.

Thanks for the hugs and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Good news, CC. Keep up the getting better! :)

nippercatshome said...

Glad you are feeling somewhat better. Just do as the dr. says, and hopefully you will start feeling better soon, You and your father-in-law are in my prayers..hugss.Mary

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