|Lovely Chicago morning traffic|
|The machine on the right is where I sit. On the left is where the pulomonologist sits|
and gives me instructions on how to breathe. All of my breathing is recorded on the computer
and made into graphs.
|The blue piece is what I put in my mouth (and I have nose plugs)|
and it records all of my breathing.
|When some of the tests are performed, the door is closed. Right now the door is open.|
I did pretty well, overall, on my PFTs. They didn't go up like I wanted them to, but the best thing is that they didn't go down. The percentage in my small airways went up significantly, thanks to Advair, so I'll be continuing that. I updated everything in my "Health Stats" tab, but here's a quick overview.
FEV1: 2.70L - 86% which is up a little from last time :-)
FVC: 2.97L - 76% which is pretty much the same.
I did about 8 different tests today in that machine. I did a few in the beginning, then they give me a nebulizer of Albuterol and she tested me about 4 or 5 more times after that. In the test I breathe normal for a couple breaths, then I take in a deep breath and blow it out as fast as I can, for as long as I can (meanwhile the pulm. is saying "BLOW, BLOW, BLOW!") and then I take a deep breath in at the end, and I relax. I did this about 8 times, plus several different other breathing techniques/tests in between. I was pretty wiped out after, but it felt good. I was able to cough up some lovely samples for them, which they always love.
After my PFTs were finished around 10:30, I walked down to 4D-Pulmonology to see my doctor. I actually got in a little early to see her, which never happens, so I was pretty excited. (But I missed you, Penny!)
|My doctor's huge binder with all of my files! Lots of paper|
work every time.
My doctor was very please with me keeping my weight the same and keeping my lung function stable/slightly up. She pretty much told me to keep doing what I'm doing and to keep it up. I'm hoping that with continued exercise and compliance with my treatments (haven't missed one since July 30th!) that hopefully my numbers will start going up instead of staying where they are every time. We talked for a while about everything that's been going on and keeping healthy. We decided not to change anything that I'm doing because it seems to be working. As I mentioned before, since the Advair seemed to have a positive affect on my small airways, I'm going to be keeping that up. So I'll be back again in three-four months, depending on when I can get back in. Probably sometime in the beginning of winter. So after we were done chatting, which lasted a while (it's pretty amazing to have such a great relationship with my Dr!), I finally headed out.
|This is the view from the parking garage, right behind my car.|
Of course, it's always packed so I had to park on the top level.
|Of course the traffic is still there when I leave at 1:45!|
|Ahhh! Now this is more like it. Back home! :-)|