Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Appointments and Tapestries

First off, thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I ended up having just one glass of wine with dinner and was asleep by eight, but hey, it happens.

The dietician was absolutely lovely this morning. She gave me a birthday present, a new journal and some scented soy candles, and on Thursday I actually got a happy birthday text from her via the computers the receptionists use to send appointment reminders. Words cannot even express. She is just wonderful.

I was dreading getting on the scales. I haven't been weighing myself this week but I was sure I'd gained. I haven't exercised at all for over a week and had a slice of cake nearly every day, but my weight actually dropped a little bit. I was speechless. 

The GP was really good on Thursday. Before I even spoke, she asked about my chest since my breathing sounds awful. She said I should've made an appointment when I first started having troubles, even if it was with a different doctor. My oxygen read 95% which isn't terrible but isn't good either. I've got two weeks of antibiotics, a week on prednisolone (a corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation), painkillers and a puffer every four hours. She said I should've started taking the leftover prednisolone and had the antibiotic scripts I was given a year ago filled, especially if I was seeing her in a few days anyway. I know she says I can, but I always hesitate, because I don't know for sure when I should start taking them.

I'm seeing her again this Thursday, though she said she can squeeze me in if I need to see her beforehand. Yesterday we called and she gave me a script for stronger painkillers which seem to be helping a bit. If my oxygen doesn't improve or the pain gets worse, she thinks a few days in hospital could help. Good thing I got my health insurance sorted last week, right?

Sorry it's taken me so long to update, I have zero energy at the moment and really haven't been online much. I've been keeping up with reading but I know I haven't been commenting as much as I usually do.

Also, my new project; a bloody massive tapestry (it's about 36" wide). Mum did Shearing the Rams (below) years ago, and bought this one at the same time but never got around to it. So I've started it, but don't expect to see it finished any time soon. I still haven't finished my sewing project yet, but I haven't been able to do much stuck on the couch.

*A quick catch-up for those of you who are newer readers; last May I was hospitalized after having a chest infection for quite some time. I was referred to a thoracic physician (more commonly referred to as The Lung Doctor Man) who diagnosed me with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Bronchiolitis, so chest infections can be kinda dangerous.
(I put this at the end because a lot of you will've read it ten times before, sorry.)



  1. i love that you were asleep by eight. i don't know why. i just like it. i'm glad you did have your glass of wine though!
    omg that journal is absolutely darling. and it suits you for some reason! it's adorable and it's pink (we all need a little pink in our lives). and THE BLOODY ANIMALS.
    it's weird what the body does sometimes.
    i mean i can exercise constantly and eat 500 calories a day and have a stable weight, or i can eat 2400 calories and do no exercise and have a stable weight (which is how it's been like currently). the body is strange in its adaptation process.
    and you can be like me - which in case is that you lose weight on days you don't exercise if you are exercising versus days you do.
    that sounds like a good GP appointment. i can't understand data so i don't know what 95% oxygen means yet.
    "Sorry it's taken me so long to update, I have zero energy at the moment and really haven't been online much." it's no problem, angel.
    you've mentioned the COPD in my blog before. i remember that. and yes, i know that COPD + chest infections = yup. no good.
    i hope the medication helps sort you out a bit. i do NOT want my Bella to be hospitalised.
    i love you.

    -Sam Lupin

  2. Er sorry for sounding stupid but what do you mean by doing a tapestry? o_O What exactly do you do to it?

    Sounds like the people around you are lovely. Candles are awesome <3

    Stay safe <3

  3. My dear Bella,
    I know I'm a century too late, but I'd like to wish you a happy belated birthday! :)
    It seems like things have been pretty tough for you recently.. Life is never smooth is it? I hope things get better. Nothing lasts forever - the struggles you're having right now won't either. I hope the medication helps.

    Aww your dietician sounds absolutely lovely :)
    My gosh, I wish someone would also give me scented candles as presents!! I don't know why, but I love candles so much!! XD whenever I come home from work, the first thing I do is light candles :D

    Please take care dear.. Look after your body. I don't want you to be sick :(

    Sending you lots of love!...

  4. Well I'm super late, but happy belated birthday!

    Your dietician sounds lovely! I wish my dietician had given me birthday presents when I went to see him, haha. Your GP sounds great, too. It's always nice to have a really good GP.

    Take care of your lovely self. xx

  5. I got to bed by like 8.30 every night....

    Happy belated birthday!

    That's crazy, your mum sewed that whole thing?? I can barely sew a button onto a shirt...


  6. I can't remember if I wished you happy birthday or not, but the latest now. Happy Birthday!! Red heads < 3

    I really hope you get that sorted out with antibiotics and that you don't need to go the hospital. Personally I hate hospitals, they're not cool at all. I always feel sicker there than elsewhere... and darling, this world needs more people like your dietician. It doesn't hurt to care and make someone happy. I wish all people would get that...

    Get well soon, I miss you

  7. your health care providers sound wonderful Bella.
    Im sorry your still sick but glad to hear that you seemed to pass your B-Day with no major upsetting event and maybe even with some enjoyment.

    Hope the meds are starting to work their magic and you are feeling better.

  8. A belated Happy Birthday to you lovely girl! I LOVE your tapestry. It's amazing! Oh dearest... I'm hoping you feel better really soon xxx

  9. Did I wish you happy birthday? Happy birthday, I'm so late, I'm sorry. Happy birthday for next year, and next, and the next etc :)
    Your dietician sounds so lovely, it's great that you have a good one.
    I hate it that you're so sick, it must be awful being so sick for so long, I hope they can work something out. You are so wonderful and talented and have so much potential, it's unfortunate that you aren't feeling your best at the moment xx <3

  10. i'm thinking of you.
    you make me happy.
    you deserve all the notebooks in the world
    i'm sorry you are sick.
    i hope you're feeling better.
    you are amazing.
    i love you.
    i miss you so get well soon.

    -Sam Lupin
    PS. i cannot bake. also, i cannot sew. you can. so you are a special snowflake xx

  11. you posted this 6 days ago and i feel like it was ages ago.
    so yeah. i still love you (shockingly, huh? nah. you're too cute). i get too attached to people too easily, so yeah. :3 i hope you're feeling loads more better, missy miss. and if you're not feeling better, that's sad. i'd give you a cookie but i eated it (fatass).
    you're a pretty lady.

    -Sam Lupin
    take care of yourself.