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Health Update April 2015

Hey, y'all. I see it's been a week and a day since I posted. I didn't realize it had been that long but I've had a lot going on. I had two doctor appointments recently. One with my new lung doctor and one with my new heart doctor. I am glad to say that I really like them both. It's nice to once again see doctors that listen and seem to care.

The lung doctor did another pulmonary function test and it turns out that I have severe asthma. My lung function was only 43%. That's less than half, y'all. No wonder I have shortness of breath when walking up stairs or on hills. And here I thought it was just because I'm a little fattie. :)

She put me on an inhaler. Two puffs every morning and two every night. I go back in a month to have the PFT again and see if there is improvement. If so, then she says it is asthma, if not we have to do more tests.

The heart doctor said the hole in my heart and all the leaks are holding their own, then unless something else gets worse or happens they should stay that way. I sure hope so. He is also weaning me off the beta blockers.

I am so happy to get off those things! I believe, and he said it is possible, that they are why it's so hard for me to lose weight. I GAINED 32 pounds within two months of starting them and haven't lost it in the last five years, no matter what diet the docs had me try. Along with the weight problem, beta blockers cause me to have gastritis. It is a side effect of the drugs. It hurts! I sure hope it goes away when I'm off them. AND, it turns out that beta blockers can cause adult onset asthma. I never had shortness of breath or the other asthma symptoms until a few years ago, after I'd been on the beta blockers for a couple years and they kept upping them.

I was taking 150mg a day of the beta blocker. The doc has me doing 100mg for two weeks then 50mg for two weeks. Then I go back and see him to check my blood pressure and pulse. He said I might have to take a small does of beta blocker because of my rhythm issues(electrical problems) to keep my pulse down, and to keep palpitations under control. We won't know until I come off them though. I sure hope I don't need them at all, that he can just up my other bp med, which is what he said we'd probably do.

Anyway, otherwise I've still be walking but not as much as I'd like. I had a diverticulitis flare last week. It is almost gone, thank goodness. We did visit Gibbs Gardens this past weekend. It is beautiful, y'all. I will post some photos soon.

One thing did surprise me. I only had 69 notifications after a whole week of being gone. Have things slowed down here that much?

I hope y'all are all well.

©Angel Sharum

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WordChazer wrote on April 14, 2015, 5:19 PM

I've been busy elsewhere so you've not had much from me lately. Glad to hear the docs seem to have a handle on things for you. It'll be interesting to hear what happens when you cut your beta blockers down, whether you can lose some weight. Some of my tablets are almost certainly the cause of at least some of my weight gain too, so I am in sympathy with you there. Hope the diverticular problems sort themselves out soon - that's a nasty problem to have.

AngelSharum wrote on April 14, 2015, 6:23 PM

Thank you. I hope to at least be able to cut the dose way, way down and it help other things. I think the diverticulitis is almost gone. This time anyway. I'm sorry some of your meds cause weight problems. I think a lot of them do it.

MelissaE wrote on April 14, 2015, 9:07 PM

My continued prayers for you. The same folks seem to still be here. I do wish that more folks would post.

AngelSharum wrote on April 14, 2015, 10:26 PM

She put me on Dulera. She said I needed a really strong one right now since my lungs are so bad.

AngelSharum wrote on April 14, 2015, 10:26 PM

I hope to get back to posting more now. Thanks for the prayers.

BarbRad wrote on April 16, 2015, 1:42 AM

Good to see you back and to know the doctors seem to be making some progress at getting you healthier. I haven't had as many notifications, either. When you don't post, you don't get notifications about post comments you need to respond to.

AngelSharum wrote on April 16, 2015, 6:17 PM

Ah, I did not know this. Maybe that's all it was.