It’s the beginning of summer already and I can definitely feel it in the air. The temperatures outside have been hot with lots of humidity. With the highs being above 90°F, it’s difficult to get out, especially when the heat index is over 100°F. There also were a couple of days where there have been heat advisories or warnings to where they don’t recommend you get out of the house.
On those days I don’t go outside, although I do try to get out every day to take Brody for a walk. I mostly stick to the shade, just going down the street and back. I’m usually only outside for no more than 15-30 minutes, which is plenty of time for him to get some exercise and also me some fresh air. It’s better when there’s a little breeze to help cool things down. When it’s cooler out I go for longer walks.
Other than getting outside, I have been trying to stay healthy. Last month I ended up in the hospital for 5 days for pneumonia again. I’m finding it more difficult to stay away from that place of being sick all the time, especially over the last couple years. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s harder for me to get out places knowing that’s what may cause me to become sick.
As of other things, following up with the edema that I was talking about last fall, I’ve been seeing more doctors about it. They narrowed it down to me having low albumin (loss of protein) although I haven’t gotten any answers as to how to change it. I’m going to see a nutritionist in a couple of weeks. One doctor suggested protein powder to see if that helps. Even though I do eat foods with protein, somewhere it’s getting lost.
Another thing she that I have been working on still is standing in my wheelchair. I have been trying to do it every day for at least 30 minutes. That all depends on what my blood pressure is and how I’m feeling. I take my blood pressure about every 5-10 minutes to make sure it’s not dropping. I usually just watch TV while standing. It’s difficult to go on my computer because I need to do as little talking as possible so it doesn’t drop.
For now, I’m going to continue to go outside when it’s nice. My goal is to avoid sickness and steer clear of the hospital. I’m also going to try to figure the cause of my edema. Hopefully it’s not something any more serious.