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Update On Pft And Hall Walk Today

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#1 Vee


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:12 PM

From: Vee19622 (Original Message) Sent: 3/29/2007 7:53 PM
Hey all!

Good news and bad news!

Good news is, I finished the full 6 min. walk without them stopping to put me on O2!!! Yipee! Last time they stopped me at 3 min, and started me over. And my PFT was 6% better than the last one, which really surprised me since it is my allergy season, not to mention the extra tire I'm carrying around my midsection from my eating binges! which brings me to the bad news.

Bad news is just as I thought, I've gained a few unwanted rolls, which happen to add extra weight! And a little more than I thought! Yikes!!!

So, the lung doctor is happy about my numbers, but wanted me to do a sleep study, which I must have made a face at, cause she immediately says, " Ok, I'll make a deal with you, You get at least 8 pounds off by the time I see you in 6 months, and I'll get off your back about the sleep study." Ok, I can deal with that.

The rheumatologist was extatic about how the prednisone is helping me, and she wants me to stay on it for another 3months, and then wants to start weaning me off.

So now the family is on alert to "help" me stop eating so much! They are taking thier lives into their hands by doing this, but I know I need the kick in the behind! Maybe some duct tape will help?

Anywho, I'm relieved! Both doctors told me I have a good attitude about all this and that that is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome! Which is how I've felt for a long time. Even when you have those down days, you have to tell yourself that it is only temporary and you know you'll climb out of the funk soon!

Love and Happy to all! Vee
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

#2 LisaBulman


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:15 PM

HI Vee,
Nice to see you! Great news! Just make sure you eat healthy snacks and hopefully you'll loose a few pounds.... Don't resort to the duct tape just yet! :)

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:15 PM


Great news about the PFt and walk test! You sound very optimistic! I always love reading your posts. Good luck on your endeavor to lose weight!
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:28 PM

HI Vee,

That is great news on the PFT!!! And, I am glad that the prednisone seems to be working so well for you. I hope you have great sucess losing the weight! Keep us all posted on how it is going....we are all pulling for you!

Warm wishes,

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 04:59 PM

Hi Vee,

That's great news about your pft and walk test. Good old prednisone will do that: improve the results and give ya the pounds all at the same time. Gotta love it. Good luck with the weight loss. You'll do fine.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 03:36 AM

Great news about the PFT! Prednisone will put the weight on you all the time. I know that you'll be able to lose the weight. Take care and I am rooting for you.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 04:57 AM

Dear Vee,

I'm so happy to hear the prednisone is working for you. Yeah, I guess it has "amplifying" side effects.

Like Lisa suggests, try to favor healthy snacks while you wait to be tapered off the med in a couple of months.

It's always so good to read about PFTs going up!

Have a great week-end!



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Posted 30 March 2007 - 06:14 AM

Thanks for sharing your great news! It's always good to see improvements and I'm thrilled that you have personally experienced it!!!!

Now for the weight loss challenge - UGH!!!!! It wonderful that you have put your family behind you on this because, if your like me - that's the ONLY way it will work. Good luck! Please let us know what does and doesn't work for you. For me - there's ALWAYS a few more pounds to lose here and there.

Great hearing from you.

Big Hugs,