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entry May 17 2008, 04:27 PM
This was a pretty nervous experience. First of all, I had to get some blood tests to make sure my liver and kidneys were functioning correctly. This was because I'm diabetic and the test can cause kidney failure. Then they wanted to know about my asthma and allergies, because I could have an allergic reaction. I had to file a consent form that listed all the problems the test could cause, in order, from best to death...I'm still alive, so, na-na-na-na-na.
After I got the right amount of clothes off, they took me into this room where there was a table sticking out of a donut-shaped machine. They stuck an IV into my arm and attached it to this huge plunger-like machine, with about a pint of clear liquid in it. The machine started to make a "vooooom-voooom" sound, like a space ship. Then the table slid me into the donut, told me to take a breath and hold it and slowly slid me back out. It repeated this several times. Then the technician started the IV, and I got a warm feeling all over. A few minutes later, we went through the donut a few times more, then 5 minutes later, after all the liquid was in me, we slid into the donut hole a few more times. If I can get images in JPG or GIF, I'll share them.
I see the doctor on May 13 for the scope thingy. Until then, no news is good news.

entry May 10 2008, 02:18 PM
Regaining Healthy Lungs: This year, it will be 19 years since I smoked. Fortunately, I only have asthma interfering with my breathing. Both my mother and my sister died while on oxygen due to emphysema (from smoking). If you have a breathing condition due to lung damage, you may think that's a reason to take it easy, not exercise, maybe allow a few extra pounds...because you're sick, right? My experience with asthma has taught me I must get regular aerobic exercise and keep my weight down to keep breathing. If I stop exercising for as little as 3 days, I can feel it in my breathing. By a week, I'm taking my inhaler 2-3 times a day. If I gain as little as 10 pounds, I have great difficulty doing my exercise and other daily activities.
Don't take my word for it, listen to my mother and sister. My mother went on oxygen at age 65 and got serious about her health. She quit smoking, lost weight and walked for exercise every day. She walked a couple miles a day in the neighborhood, rolling her oxygen tank behind her. She walked in the shopping mall during the Winter and Summer, long enough to be awarded a 1,000 mile t-shirt at around age 70. She lived 15 years after starting her oxygen, learned oil painting and won awards, and did thousands of hours of volunteer community service. My sister went on oxygen at age 62, refused to exercise and gained about 30 pounds. She lived only 3 years longer. What can you do with 12 years? Don't let a little lung damage keep you down.
As my Mom and sister can tell you, developing healthy lungs and regaining as much lung capacity as possible after damage, require discipline and hard work, but they can reap great benefits. If weight control and exercise added 12 years to my Mom's life after she got a fatal lung condition, how much can they benefit you? The earlier you start developing healthy lungs, the longer you'll enjoy the life you have. Don't wait until you're short of breath, like we did.

entry May 3 2008, 03:21 PM
Healthy Weight For Lung Health: Many don't exercise their lungs because of their weight. Most of us don't realize the wear and tear we put on our lungs by being overweight. I had a friend who sounded like he had just run a race, while he was just sitting in a chair. He was about 200 pounds overweight. Even 20 pounds can make a huge difference on your lungs. If you don't know what your healthy weight should be, or how to get to it, here's a page with weight loss tips to help you.

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