So happy you're home, rollo! Still praying for a speedy recovery! Xx
I am now walking up stairs and around the house so the extra activity is a bonus. I am practising my breathing like blade said to, however, today has been a mess for me as I got a lot of pain and it took me hours to feel better and I also ate a lot (seem to get hungry now) and then I got nauseous, so today is unfortunately a disappointment to me.
love to all xxx
Take each day as it comes, Rollo! Suffering and pain makes people more resilient and stronger. I know you'll get better soon!
Glad your appetite has returned and you're able to be more and more active.
There are two "games" you should play with the IS. The first is to simply see how long you can keep the ball off the floor of the tube (this builds your vital capacity, or the total amount of air your lungs can inhale. It expands the lungs in the space that contains them [the pleural cavity] and again prevents fluid from accumulating there.) The second is to see how high you can get the ball off the floor-- this improves your peak flow, general lung function and oxygenation. If you can do each of those exercises 10x an hour while awake, it will help.
Did they give you some anti-nausea medicine? As long as you're taking narcotics your intestines will be slow [which given your prior surgical history will be compounded] and you might feel queasy when eating.
Monday morning up at 7am and I cooked my porridge, that is progress. Yesterday I started arm strengthening exercises using a tin of asparagus as the weight, but for the first time I could feel my wound area and it made it hard to use the spirometer and I had trouble reaching my goal of 1500ml. I have been trying hard to 'play' the games you suggested blade as I don't want to get more fluid on the lungs.
The local GP sent me for a chest xray as a starting point so he could monitor my progress and I had bloods taken too. My stamina is up the spout and I was a wreck after seeing the doctor, the blood people and the xray people all in a few hours.
I feel tired but hope that will disappear soon. Today I hope to go for a walk in a sheltered place away from the cold southerly winds here.
blade the local gp gave me anti nausea medicine as he understood how wretched the nausea makes one feel. I am off all narcotic style medication and just have a daily regime of painkillers around the clock to keep me painfree.