Just a short note to let you know how my doctor’s appointment went yesterday. First, I met a new doctor and I really liked him. It’s a lot closer than I’ve been going and if I’ll need to be going more often, this is great. We sat and talked for about an hour. I liked him a lot.
First, my oxygen was at 93 when I got there which I was really happy for and so was he. We sat and talked for a while and he had me take the oxygen off during this time and then had me walk the halls for a few laps. It went down to 83 which is still better than the 53 I was admitted to the hospital at one week ago today.
He told me I could be off the oxygen for periods of time as long as I felt good. If I feel like taking it off, go ahead and do so. Don’t leave home without it or anything but he did say that I’ll know when I need it and when I don’t. The medications I’m on will be over very soon and he did say he’d like to take me off two of them but as long as things are going so well, why not just keep things the same for one more week.
My lungs will get better. Or as better as they can get and right now, it doesn’t look like it’s as dire as it did to me one week ago. Don’t worry, I will NOT ever smoke again. I did joke to Paul that maybe I didn’t need to quit but I was just kidding. If looks could have killed, I may have been dead on the spot after that remark. But I was so happy I was just joking around.
The doctor did ask me one thing. He said “if I asked you to walk to the Dairy Queen, would you be able to?” I told him “I’d do it just to prove to him that I could.” He said “oh, your one of those?” I said “yes, I guess I am” and he said “in this case, that’s a great thing.”
So, it feels good to be able to take it off. I canned 15 quarts or tomatoes today and took a shower without the oxygen as well and walked around the yard with Paul and Maddie tonight filling bird feeders. Thank you all for you kind wishes, prayers and hopes.