Once upon a time, I was a Lazy Lady. In 2011, I decided to train for a half-marathon and since then, I've done 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, a few trail runs and over ten half-marathons! I haven't lost my focus though; I'm still lazy, and I'm still frugal, so please pull up a chair and join me in my continuing endeavor to be healthy, frugal and happy!
Good News, Everyone! (Pt 3 of my Three-Part Pulmonology Adventure)
I love Professor Farnsworth!
Anyway..... on to the blog post at hand.
It’s all been leading up to this – today is the day I meet
with the Pulmonologist – I was nervous
I parked in the same parking garage, and went back to the 1st
floor Pulmonology area, and this time I WAS in the right place.
I was called back after about 10 minutes (10 LONG minutes of
stupid morning news shows on the TV, with a heavy liberal viewpoint that made
me want to rip my ears off) and brought to a small office. The nurse did my
vitals, then left me there to wait for the doc.
Doc came in (turns out he was one of the associate medical
professors, not just a newbie or young guy!) He reviewed my films, and asked
why I’d had them done outside of the hospital. I told him it was because if I’d
had them done at UF Health, it would have cost me $58, whereas having them done
off-site cost me $0. He also asked why I brought actual films instead of a CD,
and I told him that the letter sent to me said “bring films” – he laughed and
said that that really meant a CD of my films. Oh, well – I guess I’ll know for
Anyway, he asked me all sorts of questions. Do I have
allergies? Do I have pets? Do I have carpet, and how old is it? How long have
you had these issues? So many questions!
After answering all those questions, he kind of looked at me
and said that there was nothing wrong with me.
My films were clear. There were no noises in my lungs. Nothing.
He did have a few suggestions for me though – lose 40 pounds
and keep doing what I’m doing (running-wise) and most likely, those 2 things
will take care of any breathing issues I may have.
He had a few other suggestions as well – he prescribed
Singulair for me, suggested a sleep study to rule out apnea, and, if the Singulair
didn’t work, an inhaled corticosteroid.
I took him up on the offer for Singulair, but said that I’d wait on the
other two to see what the Singulair did for me.
So, I’m relieved for once in my life to be told that I’m fat
and out of shape! I was SO scared that at the end of this journey I would hear “COPD”
or “Emphysema”. I was so worried that all those years of smoking (and the
previous years of second-hand smoke from Dad) would catch up with me.