- Dec 3, 2009
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So after my most recent post, I went back to bed. I woke up and was listening to the radio and overheard something. That, along with what @edinatlanta mentioned about "how are you breathing" got me thinking.
First.....I am single so no wife/kids to deal with. Even if I had a steady GF/booty call, I would not want them over here right now. So it's just me.
What I heard on the radio recap: Boomer Esiason(ex NFL player) has a son who has CF and he is really isolating in the woods but is still going out and getting exercise and building up his immune system....worst case. Boomer who had been dealing with this for 27years said that is key.
When I first started feeling sick, I figured that I would just let it run its course and all would be ok. It got worse. I felt weaker. I lost weight.
So today I made a decision to not wait for this to run it's course, but to put myself in the best position to fight it. It may sound basic, but during the week+ I have had, thinking clearly was not at the top of my to-do list.
So I took a look around and the first think that I did that I hadn't in a few days was brush my teeth. Yes....may seem basic. It wasn't to me. I also hit the Listerine.
I put on a parka, sneakers, ski hat and gloves and went outside. I walked around, coming in contact with ZERO people, for appr 7 minutes. I came back home stressed, exhausted and questioning why I did that.....but also feeling better after I was back in my lounge gear(that I still had on.) It felt good to get some fresh air in my lungs. I was not gasping for air. I was/am breathing through my nose.....so that made me feel good.
I stated that I had no appetite. Well, it would be easier for whatever I have to keep beating up on me if I kept saying that and not feeding my body. So I made a egg/cheese sandwich and ate almost 1/4. I have been drinking OJ throughout.
Starting tomorrow, I am going to try to do an exercise a day. I'm not talking jumping jacks, I am talking walking from one end of my apartment to the other X times. @edinatlanta, I agree 100% that breathing is key and if I can do whatever to keep my internals running, I am going to try.
(FYI....I would love to start with jumping jacks or skipping rope...but I would surely collapse.)
Around dinner time, when I would just chalk up not eating to no appetite(<< do you know that I just had to Google "when you have no desire to eat" as I am a little light headed right now), I didn't stick to that.
So I heated up a small bowl of some chicken stock and drank that. I must say, it tasted great. Still no smell.
My phone rang a few times and I didn't bother answering. I spend the rest of the day watching Youtube Forensic Files episodes.
It is funny that I feel a little light headed now, but that's ok as I am in bed.
Tomorrow, I will look to run a similar plan. Walk the apartment for exercise. I WILL eat, even if it's just stock.
Yes, there are others who gave great advice. This all came together today.
So my update is to stop waiting for this to run through me and to hopefully do what I can to push it out!
Ok....I was up at the usual 5:40am this morning. I like to listen to some local news while reading online.
I used the toilet for maybe the 2-3 time during all of this. This morning was a welcome release.
At around 7, I got up and walked the length of my apartment, into my study, back out and around my coffee table and around again appr 15 times. No, I was not breaking a sweat, but I was breathing vs just lying down. It felt good.
I had some chicken stock after but felt that was not much so I ate 1/5 of a hero bread(nothing on it.) I changed and I must say, I was tired. I laid down and fell out until about 10am. It did feel good to get some food in me and the walk around over with before pushing it off a day.
A few things to note:
-My sense of smell is back. I was using some hand sanitizer after doing something and I smelled it right away. That's a plus!
-The dry cough is back. It never left. It is just back more frequent now.
-I tried the "hold your breath for 10 seconds" test 2-3 times today(see below.) I can do it. It's a DAMM struggle at times.
-My fingernails look horrible. Lack of nutrients? Illness? Combo? I always give myself a mani every 7-10 days so I will look to get that done soon.
-I sat up vs laid down more than usual today.
-Looking in the mirror, I know I have lost a good deal of weight. I have stayed away from the scale as I need to stop scaring myself and start getting better.
-I do feel as if it takes a few minutes for my breathing to get back to normal after I do something.
Mid day, I did nothing special(I have left work details out of all of this). I watched the 2003 NCAA men's basketball championship between Syracuse and Kansas. I'm a Carmelo Anthony fan(no....not due to Syracuse, Denver, Knicks, etc......just a Melo fan) and haven't watched that game since it happened.
I started thinking/craving food! I haven't had an appetite during all of this and here I was craving food? I ordered some beef/rice/white beans with a chicken soup from my Peruvian spot. I expected to finish a few bites and for it to last several days.
I ate 3/4 of the platter! I have 1/4 of the main meal and the entire soup left! Leftovers for tomorrow. That just felt great.
It was a good first day pushing myself. A little tiring. Very rewarding(the meal.) Eye opening(my nails.) But I am getting there.
Everyone who has commented, thumbs up, etc...THANK YOU! I see/read them. It means the world to have some support and get some ideas and thoughts on how to push through. Please.....keep them coming.
So I happen to catch this video earlier today. I am not a fan of the person or network....and at the very end, you will see why. But it was very interesting.
(Disclaimer......I have NEVER once mentioned COVID-19 or Corona in these updates. I have not been tested. I have not claimed that I am suffering from it. There are many symptoms that are similar to what I have and some that aren't. I don't want anyone to think that I am diagnosing myself or claiming that I have it w/o being tested.)