Yesterday’s post was:
… and I wasn’t too good, couldn’t even go for the usual Sunday jolly and it takes a lot to stop that. At this point, Dr. Chuckles came in with the diagnosis for ‘pensioners’ and this is not for you pensioners out there who may already be aware of it, but more for ‘budding pensioners’, now from 45 to 60:
One of the reasons that pneumonia is called ‘the pensioners friend’ is that as one’s oxygen levels drop due to the chest infections from pneumonia, the body starts rationing blood flows and such, and one’s awareness and alertness slowly reduce. The net result is you feel too listless/knackered to do anything, plus you don’t have any interest or desire to do anything, (This is from personal experience, not hand-waving 🙂 and you just slowly slip away, as the world around slowly slips away from ones consciousness.
It’s not just a chest infection thing, can also be asthma, allergies, low blood pressure, poor circulation etc etc, which is why it’s a very good idea to get one of these, or similar, and keep them to hand in a visible spot.
The sight of the thing can cut through the mental fuzziness enough to get you to take a reading, which can again trigger remedial action, if required. (And no, that’s not a cheap and nasty, it’s the model I bought 3 years ago. Still spot on accurate, and works fine). Strongly recommended.
It’s not a ‘danger’ per se, as it’s the normal operation of the bodies survival mechanisms, but it is important to understand that the mechanisms which one uses to exist in the world, and to evaluate reality are slowly receding into a grey mist, and ones desire or ability to react and respond is doing likewise.
These things are slow and potentially insiduous and very difficult to detect happening, as it’s the brain itself that is being effected.
In a similar way to that of the mad or disturbed person, they themselves are rational, it is the world that is misbehaving.
That’s also why I stressed that if one’s into a routine of checking oxygen levels, or blood pressure or whatever, either on a cycle, like morning and evening at a fixed marker, or ‘when I feel listless’ or ‘when I get breathless doing something at which I previously didn’t get breathless’ over, you immediately reach for the oximeter or whatever. It’s a good early warning system.
It’s perfectly good, and probably a wise move. Just that I’d prefer it if you had someone around to keep an eye on you. If necessary, head for A&E or specialist hospital at a rate of knots. We also picked up one of these a while back at LIDL for 9 bucks or so. It’s a wrist unit, so you simply place cuff round wrist, press the button and sit still for a bit. All we need is the defib, and we can open our own paramedic service…:)
OK, my take
All that is good but there’s also a thing about inactivity. This is tied into the heart condition, the drugs to manage it and the physical exercise necessary to keep the arteries open.
Last weekend I had the dreaded lurgy and believe it was because of Friday’s inactivity [relatively], lowering blood pressure, when most of my issues come. Therefore [and it’s not for everyone], I must keep up a certain amount of exercise a day, no matter how much I don’t want, to keep things flowing under these circumstances.
Dropping into inactivity and changing [reducing] the food intake is a very bad move. I’m writing this on Sunday and am going to try to go for a walk later, after a sleep. it involves hills around our way.
The purpose in running this both at OoL and N.O. is that there might just be someone out there who might have something to add or for whom it will be useful. We’re not here only for politics.