Thursday, September 27, 2012

10 Weeks and Counting

I'm now ten weeks into this bout of bronchitis and it doesn't want to go away.

This is very frustrating!

I've been to see my doctor once (he's been away since the end of last month) and I've gone to Urgent Care twice. After two or rounds of antibiotics and one round of steroids the bronchitis keeps bouncing back. On my last visit to Urgent Care I was prescribed two very strong inhalers. There is some concern that I may develop COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), formerly referred to as emphysema. I'd like to avoid that if I can.

I have several immediate challenges:

  1. I have to find a way of overcoming the bronchitis. I'm at a loss as to how that can be done at this point - I suppose another trip to the doc at Urgent Care is necessary.
  2. I have to come up with an exercise routine that won't over tax my lungs, but still help me lose weight.
  3. I have to overcome my exhaustion so that I can refocus on my writing and research. The only way I can get a good enough sleep at night is to stop coughing. That, unfortunately, is not a matter of will; I'll need some help with that.
  4. I need sleep, exercise, lots of light,  and a good diet to stave off the encroaching depression.
I need prayer for God's healing; some help from medical professionals; and some self-discipline and perseverance to push through my exhaustion and depression to do all I can to exercise, and get my prayer, meditation, reading, research and writing activities back on track.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.


  1. I wondering if it is Whooping cough (pertussis) it has become almost an epidemic again. That might be why antibiotics aren't working. You can ask for a mucus swab and test for it? When was your last Tdap shot, +5 years?

    Michael and I will be praying for ya! Love you papa!

  2. Praying for you Horst. We've been going to Provencher Family Chiropractor...and have been receiving great care for a few things we are dealing with health wise. I highly recommend them.
    We love ya and are praying!