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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Feeling Hopeful...

I went to the doctor today and he gave me another series of steroids to bring the inflammation in my lungs down and help me with my breathing/asthma. I never go to the doctor unless I am practically on my deathbed, but he convinced me I was gonna live...LOL! Its funny how our (at least my mind) goes to the worst possible places.

I had a good old heart to heart with him about the potential effects of smoking and he asked me a lot of questions about Chantix, the on-line support group they offer and how I am feeling in general. I told him even if I found out something horrible about my health, I did not think I would go out and smoke. (At least for today.) Lets just say this is a really big wake up call about how I could feel everyday. I mean, breathing is not an optional part of life. I am under really strict orders to take the medicine prescribed, not do too much, get enough rest and eat. It has been hard to hold down food or really want to eat much of anything and I am not underweight by any means! Nothing really tastes good or strikes me as interesting. The steroids make you hungry and hold water though so I have a feeling I will be eating more than I have been.

Once again, I am grateful for all of the support I have been so freely given.

Peace,
Diva

7 comments:

free from the chain said...

Hope you are feeling better. Thankyou for responding to my blog. Keep up the good job and I have days where I also wonder if I should be feeling better? Get well and will check in soon

Sherri

maggie said...

Hang in there, and I hope you are feeling better soon!

MamaFlo said...

I'm glad you are getting some relief from the breathing issues.
Good girl for staying with your quit regardless.
Keep us in the know about your health.
Here's to breathing clearly!!!

Tasina said...

I hope you start feeling better soon.

:)

lynda w said...

Sorry to hear you're still not feeling good. I hear you on "suppose to feel better after quitting - not worse!" My cold has gone to my chest and although I'm happy to be able to breathe through my nose again, it be nice to quit coughing since that's what I was looking forward to the most after I quit.

I'm starting to wonder if it's common to get sick after you quit. It seems like a lot of people I have talked to have said they've gotten sick when they quit. Maybe going through withdrawl lowers your immune system or something?

Hope you feel better soon and congrats on staying on board.

Sherri said...

Diva, keep following doc's orders, take the meds and eat. I bet the steriods and chantix together are playing a number on your nausea and taste buds!

There is nothing worse than laboured breathing. I was getting chronic bouts of bronchitis each winter. It was painful. I could barely walk from my parking garage to work and that was less than a full city block!

I am sure you will be doing great in the near future. Just don't get too down 'cause you don't think it's going fast enough.

We are all behind you and cheering you on!!!!!

Mz Diva said...

You guys are truly "da bomb!" Chantix bloggers rock!
Peace,
Diva