Friday, August 22, 2008
Peace, Calm and a Cozy Bed
The 6mwt is a test that measures how much ground I can cover in 6 minutes while walking at a fairly aggressive pace. What the respiratory technician does is hook up a pulse oximeter to my finger, and keeps a constant reading on what my saturation is doing. That way they can tell if my saturations go down when I exercise. I kicked some serious butt on the walking test. I covered more ground than I have in a long time, and my oxygen saturation stayed nice and high the entire time.
After the 6mwt I had to do spirometry to measure my lung function. I wish they had done the tests in the opposite order, because I was a little bit winded from the walk. Thankfully I was still able to perform better on the spirometry than I had the time before. My FEV1 went up just a tiny pinch, but since it was an improvement, the doctors were happy.
The attending doctor came around 2:00 with the resident doctors and they said they were going to go ahead and write up my paperwork so I could go home. I was so happy I immediately started packing up all the stuff I had taken with me to the hospital. By the time Brad showed up I was all ready to go! I really love that he works on the UCSD campus. Having him close by is really good for my state of mind.
By 3:30 we were home. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself after having been cooped up in that hospital room for a week. I wandered around the house for awhile just enjoying being around my own stuff again. I let Gimli out of his cage so he could have some freedom too. Brad took a quick trip to the grocery store to get me some milk and other high-calorie things for me.
It's so great to be back home. Brad had a get-together with some of his computer buddies last night, and I fell asleep on the couch while watching Jaws III. When Brad came home he started my IV for me and tucked me into bed--our OWN bed! I slept so incredibly well. I woke up a couple of times, but had no trouble falling back asleep. Quite a change from the hospital. I woke up this morning actually feeling refreshed. Ahhhh. It's such a great feeling of peace and calm to be home.
For being around your own things
For sleeping in your own bed!
Just overall Yay haha!
"see" you soon sweetie! I miss everyone on SL, it's so quiet!
I remember after being in the hospital for an extended time, coming home was so strange. My family had adjusted to my being away, and I had to sit for a while and figure out where I fit in again. It took a little while.