For the first time ever, I spent 5 days in the hospital. I have worked for the last 6 years to be as healthy as possible, to be able to play with my grandchildren and live life to its fullest possible. On Friday night, I came home and had a COPD exasperation. Fancy word for I could not breath, catch my breath, talk, walk and scared my husband. Having been newly diagnosed with this, I waited to long to go to Dr after feeling like I was catching a cold. Apparently a cold means Bronchitis for me and within a few days I was so sick I had to go into the hospital.
I am so happy to be home, so very thankful to my Husband, my dearest friends and my kids. Larry and Vickie who are always there for us and came to see me twice. My best friend Debbie, bringing me food and books and herself. My awesome roller derby team mates Kari and Kelly who came to see me and gave my husband a chance to get out of the room. Also, to Kari for all the food and support anyone could ever need. All of you are my angels and I am forever grateful!
They got me on oxygen almost as soon as I got to the ER and started the tests and gave me a breathing treatment that I only vaguely remember. I got into a room after awhile and they started all the medications through my IV. Antibiotics, steroids and breathing treatments. It took me a very long time to recover and I am still not back where I was before.
I finally went back to work Jan 9 and back to my pulmonary dr for results and see how I am doing. The news was not as good as I was hoping for. My PFT tests showed that I am in the Moderately Severe stage of this disease. I was so hoping for a better result, but this is what it is. My goal is to get better, not have anymore flares and stay as active as possible. Currently, I get tired easily and all the medication is almost overwhelming. Eating is a struggle because my taste has not returned. I get hungry but everything tastes weird.
I am slowly getting better and will continue this journey with faith and work to stay involved in all the activities that I have been doing. Another thanks to all my friends and family who care and support me.
I will be back on that Roller Derby track soon!