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Holesinthesky

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Update…..
I am actually doing pretty good.
I am getting around fairly independentply.

As some Saw, I made it to @Fasteel72 ‘s get together.
I had a good time eating some great food, sitting around and talking with several members, and watching the clay pigeon busting.

It took more out of me than I figured. Was a long day.
But don’t regret it.

Yesterday and Today, I have seen… cardiologist, pulmonologist, Primary Care Doc, and Eye Doc.

- Cardiologist- again, not as concerned as the other Docs, and actually said he does not need to see me except maybe every 12-18 months. Believes all my issues are side/after effects of Covid/Pneumonia. Says will most likely fade in time.

- Pulmonologist- news is not so good. Lungs are damaged/scared and not functioning at full capacity. Most likely will not heal all the way. I have “ been off the oxygen concentrator/ and straight tanks for about 3 weeks now ( by my choice). Pulmonologist wants me to keep them as a safety precaution. Unfortunately, it looks like I have developed Bronchiectasis. ( lungs retain mucus due to trauma/damage, and when finally manage to cough it up, it comes out by the handful/cup full. The 15 minute wheezing/gasping coughing fit HURTS!) Additionally, have developed sleep apnea.

-Primary Care Doc- pretty much following along with the specialist, but keeping up with what is going on. Ordered complete labs, to compare all levels from sept to now.

-Eye Doc- still having vision issues, and appears that I have some nerve damage to the eyes. Biggest issue is my eyes -see out of alignment. ( “double stamp vision”).

I still have not regained sense of smell ( but surprisingly I
”smell” cigarette smoke 24 hours a day).
Really have no taste, and it sometimes taste like spoiled food.

Oxygen levels and Heart rate seems to be doing better.
I am gaining strength back, and walking more.
Don’t trust myself to get back on the bike yet.

I am planning on this coming Duck Season, and I know I will be relying on my friends more than ever.

I still have 3-5 good days, followed by 1-2 days I am wiped out.

But, regardless of everything above….. I am blessed, and it could of been, very much A different story.

Again, Thank You to everyone. Your words of encouragement, prayers, texts, phone calls have assisted greatly.
 
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Update…..
I am actually doing pretty good.
I am getting around fairly independentply.

As some Saw, I made it to @Fasteel72 ‘s get together.
I had a good time eating some great food, sitting around and talking with several members, and watching the clay pigeon busting.

It took more out of me than I figured. Was a long day.
But don’t regret it.

Yesterday and Today, I have seen… cardiologist, pulmonologist, Primary Care Doc, and Eye Doc.

- Cardiologist- again, not as concerned as the other Docs, and actually said he does not need to see me except maybe every 12-18 months. Believes all my issues are side/after effects of Covid/Pneumonia. Says will most likely fade in time.

- Pulmonologist- news is not so good. Lungs are damaged/scared and not functioning at full capacity. Most likely will not heal all the way. I have “ been off the oxygen concentrator/ and straight tanks for about 3 weeks now ( by my choice). Pulmonologist wants me to keep them as a safety precaution. Unfortunately, it looks like I have developed Bronchiectasis. ( lungs retain mucus due to trauma/damage, and when finally manage to cough it up, it comes out by the handful/cup full. The 15 minute wheezing/gasping coughing fit HURTS!) Additionally, have developed sleep apnea.

-Primary Care Doc- pretty much following along with the specialist, but keeping up with what is going on. Ordered complete labs, to compare all levels from sept to now.

-Eye Doc- still having vision issues, and appears that I have some nerve damage to the eyes. Biggest issue is my eyes -see out of alignment. ( “double stamp vision”).

I still have not regained sense of smell ( but surprisingly I
”smell” cigarette smoke 24 hours a day.
Really have no taste, and it sometimes taste like spoiled food.

Oxygen levels and Heart rate seems to be doing better.
I am gaining strength back, and walking more.
Don’t trust myself to get back on the bike yet.

I am planning on this coming Duck Season, and I know I will be relying on my friends more than ever.

I still have 3-5 good days, followed by 1-2 days I am wiped out.

But, regardless of everything above….. I am blessed, and it could be very much A different story.

Again, Thank You to everyone. Your words of encouragement, prayers, texts, phone calls have assisted greatly.

My family still has you on the prayer list. I think it's remarkable that you are where you are after where've you've been. Keep fighting....hope to meet you at the Sept. shindig. If you are ever near St. Louis you and yours are welcome at our home....for a day, a night, whatever you need. Keep at it!! :tu
 

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It has been a little busy this week.
Had more tests, and follow up appts.

Had sleep study with CPAP machine Tuesday. This study was to see if the CPAP made a difference.
The original test showed severe sleep apnea. I “woke up” every 2 minutes, never hit REM sleep. “ Stopped Breathing” 50 times during the 6 hours. Oxygen levels dropped to 74 at times.

Test I had this week with the CPAP, I was able to hit REM sleep, and enter dream cycle.

So looks like a permanent CPAP machine is now in my future.


Had a follow up with eye Doc. Still having nerve/pressure issues.
Reading is blurry, even with reading glasses.
Hoping clears with time.

Saw the pulmonologist today. Still having the mucus issues, shortness of breath after bending over to put shoes on, or doing small tasks.
Says my lungs have most likely healed all they are going to.
probably 80% functioning. Ordered a new CT scan for comparison.
Said that he believes, some of my exhaustion is from the sleep apnea, and hopefully once I get my CPAP machine that will subside.
My machine will have a slot for an SD card. I will turn the SD card into them every month so they can start charting if any improvements or not.

All and all, I think I am better.
I convinced my buddy to go with me yesterday to take my boat out. I wanted to run it before season got here and then find out it had an issue. It has not been in the water since last Sept.
Put some gas in it, and it fired after the 4th crank (2 stroke 60hp Yamaha. I run dry after each use).

Boat ran great, weather was perfect for a boat ride.
Water was like glass.
Slight overcast, temp was 73 when we put in. Warmed up to 92 by time we got off the water.
We made a pretty good run, about 1 1/2 hours up the river, and same on the return trip. Scouted a few places for early goose.
Actually found some loafing on a grass flat (island).
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Good thing we got off the water when we did. A storm rolled thru shortly after we got the boat trailered.

Still trying to loose some weight I gained from being on steroids for 7 months, increase endurance.
I know I am not going to be in great shape when season rolls around. Will be relying on buddies to pick up the slack.
BUT, at least I am here.

I know there are some that had it as bad or worse than me.
I pray none of you have to experience what my family went thru.

Looking forward to the Shindig. Hoping to put faces to names with some of the ones I haven’t met, and seeing those that I do.

I hope all of you are blessed, as I have been.
 

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Watch out for the eye pressure. My duck hunting buddy lost the vision in his right eye and wont hunt this season if ever. It’s due to inter cranial hypertension. He has had 2 brain surgeries. He had to go to a neuro eye doc at the university of MN. I’ll be hunting mostly solo this year….it sucks. He is slowly trying to learn to shoot lefty but is struggling big time.
 

Holesinthesky

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Watch out for the eye pressure. My duck hunting buddy lost the vision in his right eye and wont hunt this season if ever. It’s due to inter cranial hypertension. He has had 2 brain surgeries. He had to go to a neuro eye doc at the university of MN. I’ll be hunting mostly solo this year….it sucks. He is slowly trying to learn to shoot lefty but is struggling big time.
Yes,
The Docs believe that it is a side effect/after effect of my time being prone while on the ventilator in the drug induced coma.
I have had multiple exams, and MRIs tracking it.
See eye Doc about every 2 weeks to check pressure/ alignment.

I do have some nerve damage issues in my left eye. Which is where the feeling of “bulging” comes from.

Additionally, it looks like I have picked up a stigmatism issue, from the above.
 

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