This past week, I went back to the Pulmonary doctor for my second appointment. I've been diagnosed with Bronchiectasis. It's a disease that has no cure, but there are many levels to the disease. I've been told I have a very mild case. That's a good thing. However, they want to know the cause of it, and that hasn't been found yet. We will continue to try figuring it out, but there are about 50% of the cases they never really know what is the cause.
I've also been told they "think" I have asthma. I've never had an asthma attack. I do have some wheezing. I've tried 2 different inhalers, and they don't really make a difference.
Leave it to me to get a disease that is somewhat rare (1 in 200,000 people have it). If I don't start getting better help/answers from the hospital, I'll find another doctor. I do like the hospital, but, the one downfall is that they have you see the Fellows or residents for certain things, instead of seeing an experienced doctor.....and I'm not in this for guessing games. As happened with my heart, I don't want to be a practice patient. I want to see a doc that's been around the block and has a way of finding answers..........
I've been knitting up a storm. I don't know why. I get in this mood, and I want to knit. I want to become a better knitter. However, I realize I will never be a knitter that does beautiful lacy shawls, or scarves, or follows a pattern. I'm a free-form sort of person. I don't like to follow rules - if you read my blog, you know this about me already. So I sort of make up my own rules and ways of doing things that don't involve things like using 4 dpns for getting to the small part of the hat. Hats and fingerless gloves are what I've been making, for friends and family. I don't normally do Christmas gifts, but I feel generous this year. And for goodness sake, what else am I going to do with several sets of hats and gloves????
Excuse the crappy photos. Taken inside, with light from behind, by camera phone, by husband......need I say more?
That's about it for this post. Dinner is cooking and I'm starving - as usual. I'm down by 31 lbs. I don't think I've mentioned that. For my next goal, I need to lose 6 lbs. That will be a BIG goal. Then, I will have 50 more to reach the goal of the highest weight I want to be at. Eventually, if I can pull it off, I would like to lose between 50 and 80 lbs....although I'm not sure I'll live long enough (mostly because it's going SOOOOO slowly!) to get 80 lbs off ! I'm no spring chicken. Just realistic.