I'm back, folks. Sorry to skip out but my last post was written before the "crud" did me in. Yes, I was under the weather. I brushed shoulders with a summer cold which escalated to a minor bronchial infection and then became complicated with a severe sinusitis attack.
In other words, I was out COLD. The only difference between me and the body at the morgue? I was breathing - barely.
I found that the best thing was for me to sleep. And I do mean - SLEEP!! I had the television on and would be watching Rachel Ray and wake up to Trisha Yearwood. During one weekend, a channel had a Lord of the Rings marathon going on. I went to sleep during "Fellowship" and awoke for a potty break during "Two Towers" and finally woke up during the final battle scene of "Return."
I couldn't eat. I mean it. I could barely swallow food and any food I could get down, stuck in my throat, choking me and blocking my airway. It was a small bite, chew, swallow and grab the bottle of water and pray I didn't choke up all of it while trying to drink. You have no idea how many times that happened - choking up. So, with the idea of eating substance biting the dust, I turned to liquids. Mmm. You can't beat beef and chicken broth. I was smart - I went low sodium. I discovered the beef broth tasted better than the chicken. I also moved to Ensure when I finally got the art of swallowing liquids that weren't watery under control. Yes, thick liquids - think tomato soup - were a no-no. Even a strawberry shake was too heavy of consistency to swallow. I'm a diabetic so I also added Glucerna to the diet when I could. Sure, I'd try to eat something. My wife tried pureeing some chicken rice soup. Nope! That would not go down.
Now for the strange thing. PILLS. I had to take my meds and the doctor had me on horse tablet antibiotics. Believe it or not - I could swallow them and they went down. No problem! Who knew?
Finally, after 2 weeks, I returned to the doctor who put me on a different antibiotic and I am still on them. I am able to eat real food now but that really has only been the last 5 days. Yes, it was touch and go at first.
So, what has been the silver lining to this escapade? (Always look for a silver lining!)
At the present time, I am twenty-eight pounds lighter. Yes, you read that right. 28 pounds!! Since I couldn't eat much, my stomach tightened up over the last 4 weeks. Now that I'm eating again, I see no reason to stretch it back out. I kid you not. We had to travel and my granddaughters wanted to eat at McD. I had a McDouble, small fry and glass of water. I couldn't eat all the fries and literally felt stuffed getting the last bite of the burger down. Yes, this is the guy who had no problem wolfing down a BigMac, Filet-o-fish, large fries and drink. I'm eating more salads and although it goes against my grain, I can actually leave food on my plate. I find myself eating more often, but not as much. For those who were wondering - my weight on January 1 of this year was 265. I am now 237. A goal for New Years was to lose 25 pounds. I did it. Now I hope to lose even more.
Drink! I've almost totally given up pop - soda - whatever you want to call. Carbonated drinks. I was a big Diet Pepsi fan. Since June 1 - I have had 3 cans of Pepsi and one 32oz Diet Pepsi when I took the granddaughters to the theater. My wife had bought me 2 12-pk of Diet Pepsi about 3 days before I came down sick. I figure they should last me through the summer. I drink a lot of water.
Am I well. Not completely. But at least I am up and able to do things again and walk once more among the living. I'm still under the doctor's rule - at least for another 2 weeks. We'll see what he has to say after the next blood draw.
So, until next I ramble on...