With IPF (or the like) You get loads of thinking time. Some absolutely off the wall thoughts. I was watching TV and found myself thinking - If you watch ‘Lord of the Rings’ backwards. It’s just a story about a bloke who gets a ring from a volcano & walks home.
Which is similar to watching your wedding video in reverse - From the point were you give the ring back, walk back down the aisle, get in the car & hop off home.
I’ve been ever so active in my life time and now - I wanna do so much but I can’t. Today has been particularly bad.
First - I had a guy come round to fix the lawn mower. He kept beckoning me from the house, at regular intervals, to talk about his progress. After 3 trips there and back - I wanted to throttle him. I was just so out of breath. To top it all he asked if I could move my car!! In my head that was yet another 2 walks - I kept thinking Mo Farrah wouldn’t have had the stamina to do what I did.
Secondly: A trip to a new dentist to sort out implants that have come loose. I’ll give you the full run down of my dental treatments another day. Today was just an initial meet & greet. A few prods and the odd probe, an x-ray and I was fleeced of a few hundred quid. Can’t wait till my next visit in 2 weeks - which should give me enough time to rob a bank!!!
Thirdly: I had to get a full MRSA test done by my local surgery, who got it wrong first time round. They only took a nasal swab and the hospital need the full works - groin and sputum.
I arrived at the surgery and was told by the receptionist that no one was available to swab - So - here’s a swab kit - toilets over there - do it yourself.
I headed to the bathroom with a swab kit in hand and the portable oxygen pack on my back. Moving my body round a small space was no mean feat. As I swabbed my lower regions, coughed up in a plastic bottle and ran a spear up my nostril - heaven knows what people outside thought. There was a lot of cursing. My oxygen pack was banging on the sink and it was also setting off the hand dryer every two minutes. I came out of toilet with a sweat on but successful in my task.
There was no big thank you at reception - just a quick leave it there and I headed to the door..
I may have lost out on a rehabilitation course last week but after today - I feel I’m filling in the keep fit gaps adequately on my own.
Hope you’re all OK