No change

I still have the ear problem.  There is nothing they can do except puncture the ear drum.  He is saving that as a last resort.  In the mean time my head feels triple the size and I can not hear well.   I increased my walking from 240 feet to 300 feet yesterday.  I was sob but maybe it will get better if I keep doing it. I would still like to know how long it takes to recover from an exacerbation.  It started Jan 13, well a week before that but I went to the hospital on the 13th.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Good for you on the walking Linda. Keep it up. I do not have a clue how long an exacerbation lasts. I would imagine it would depend on the person and the circumstances.. Hugs
deleted_user
deleted_user

Wow, I have never heard of puncturing an eardrum to relieve the problem.

It can take a long time to recover from an exacerbation, I even had to have someone stay with me for a month after 10 days in the hospital, thank goodness for a dear friend who stayed or I would have needed to have stayed in a nursing home. After a few months I thought well, okay I guess this is it, I must be recovered now, I could barely last 15 minutes at family gatherings or events. It can be long and slow and, for me, I could not push myself, if I did I would be in bed for a few days. I have improved a lot since those first few months and pulmonary rehab has made a HUGE difference in my life.

So, slow as it is, you really are making some progress in your walking, inch by inch.

It is important to be gentle with yourself, even baby yourself and don\'t be afraid to ask for help with things. Keep on walking, it is so good for you and will help get you stronger, physically and emotionally.

Be patient darling. I used to knit a lot of scarves, I would panic if I got low on yarn. I think it made me feel useful because I couldn\'t work anymore or do a lot of the things I used to do, then I started sewing tote bags. Sometimes I could only work with the fabric for 10-15 minutes at a time.

That\'s how I handled it, you will find your way to pass the time and keep the feelings of isolation at bay. It does get easier as time goes by. Until then, good luck sweetie pie !!
Love,
Leenie
ldozy1
ldozy1

Sorry Linda- its tiring when you\'ve been sick for a bit.
Same as Leenie.. sometimes it\'s lasted only a couple of weeks and sometimes its been a couple of months till I felt back to pre exacerbation. Really no way to gauge.
And like Leenie- how I handle it seems to make some difference in how long it felt . I can say, after my first BIG exacerbation - first time I landed in the hospital, that one took quite a bit longer to recover from. But recover we did, so hang in there.
Linda9332
Linda9332

Thank you folks, I just need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You very sweet to take the time to respond in such detail to me. thank you again
indynanna
indynanna

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. How long recovery takes depends mainly on how your body responds to treatments, your metabolism, exercise like walking, many different things because were all different. My first one, i had to have my kids help me immensly....its been six months...i still tire out getting groceries, but i walk now instead of ride that little cart at walmart. I know it sounds horrible, but there isnt a time limit, it really just depends on your bodys ability to respond and bounce back. I am thinking about going back to school, i cant work or pay my loans, but that would be time consuming, and if i got sick or went back into the hospital, that would create a issue. As soon as I can afford Iam going to scrapboook and try to learn to quilt.
CaitsMom
CaitsMom

I have heard that it takes at least 3-4 days for every day of an exacerbation to get back on track. But as we all know, COPD varies so much from one person to another, I am not sure how anyone could figure that out.

Hang in there, Linda. It WILL get better.