I am very impressed by all that Russ Winwood can accomplish, as noted in his latest cycling adventure. Despite working with only 26% lung capacity, he gets out and manages to accomplish things that I would never dream of trying. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have exacerbations and challenging days, but to emphasize that he sets goals and is able to accomplish many of them despite suffering from COPD.
That’s kind of where I’m at with my version of the disease, too.
Also at 26% lung capacity, my ability to breathe and keep up varies from day to day and is largely based on weather conditions, how much rest I have gotten, whether or not I’m in pain in my neck, back and arm, etc.
Right now, I’m doing what I can to rehab my mobile home without being foolish with my physical safety as I try and save a buck. I can still only work about 2 hours at a time before I need a break and a nap. Today was pretty typical, though:
– Up at 6am, but unable to get my butt in gear due to gastric issues.
– Morning sinus headache, and fuzzy throat.
– Paid some bills, did some errands (went back home to pick up other things that I’d forgotten). You know, a typical morning. By 1pm, I’d gotten very little done that was on the original goal list or concrete, and needed a nap. (Sigh. I’m so tired of being tired!).
– Off to bed for 3 hours, and back up and about by 4pm-ish. More gastric issues, and finally able to hit the road by 6pm.
… only to be stuck in traffic for an hour-plus trying to get to the new place during rush hour.
– Once at the new place, I figured out that I know diddlysquat about how to remove a damaged screen from a mobile home window (it wasn’t like any other screen I’d seen before). So, we’ll put that aside and deal with the experts as the budget permits.
– Multi-tasking, I put in a load of laundry to wash, and it was back to painting the office / smaller bedroom.
One nice thing that I found was that it was blessedly cool at 7:30pm and beyond, which makes painting MUCH more tolerable. (Duh! Why didn’t I figure this out 2 weeks ago???).
Figured out that my new stopping time should be 10pm, if I’m working in the cooler evenings, as that seems to be when the lights on the homes around me retreat to darkness.
Back home by 11pm (because one needs to clean up their tools – the cleaning helper is driving me crazy by NEVER cleaning up after using my stuff, or actually putting my things away!). Luckily, I figured out this evening (after fruitlessly searching for my tools) that a wooden paint stirrer makes a great spackling tool, so I will hopefully not give her the 3rd degree tomorrow when I try and figure out where my newest tool was tossed when she was done with it.
At midnight, I’m ready to have something small to eat (I know, bad diabetic – no food for 3 hours before bedtime), and head to bed so that I can get up and do this again tomorrow.
I’m racing the clock to get as much done as I can before the lino guys come on Thursday. Fingers crossed that I can get both bathrooms painted before they arrive to replace those 2 floors and peel away the carpeting to expose the floors in 3 other rooms.