I Am Breathing Deeper – But It Still Hurts!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The notes in ‘Black’ relate to the third day after I was admitted into hospital…
 
This is what I would call the day I could really breathe well and deep too, as I had to work extremely hard at it (breathing that is) and I was concerned about taking my concentration off of my deliberate breaths.
 
Why?
 
Because if I didn’t, I really felt I would suffocate or just plain old stop breathing!!!
 
Oh…
 
…and I must not forget to tell you was (still) on a litre of oxygen which meant when I was close to or sitting on the hospital bed I was assigned to (is that the right word to use, assigned to?), I had to insert tubes into my nose, to aid my breathing to help oxygenate my blood…
 
…and my brain!
 
You’ll find the timelines go in and out and back and forth a bit like those Quentin Tarantino movies but stay with me, stick with me, as everything will come together, as the main aim of this site is to help you and your loved ones deal with the COVID-19 and give your life (back) to CHRIST, whether COVID-19 comes a knocking at your door or not!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday 05.04.2020 – Day Three In St Helier Hospital
 
Here’s the latest:
 
Well, I am now breathing deeper but it takes lots of concentration and practice because I still have a (slight) jabbing pain (rather than stabbing pain) in the top right of my chest..
 
…being the original point of pain.
 
I’ve been drinking more water than I would care to, which is flushing out my system and re-hydrating me, as I was losing a litre of liquid every time I had a fever or sweat during the night.
 
Drinking so much water causes me to naturally want to go to the loo often, where I now get lots of opportunities (not that I really want it) to:
 
 
1. Get out of the hospital bed I’m in…
 
2. Walk to the loo…
 
3. Open the door…
 
4 Grab a tissue…
 
5. Wipe things down…
 
6. Open the faucets using a tissue…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Close the faucets using a tissue…
 
8. Pump the soap dispenser (to which only on Friday I did not have the strength to do without a struggle)…
 
9. Dry my hands…
 
10. Take some more tissues…
 
11. Flush the toilet using a tissue…
 
12. Open the door using a tissue…
 
13. All whilst holding the bin open my right foot…
 
14. Whilst keeping the door open with my left and also using my left elbow to open the door wide enough to exit…
 
15. To then dispense of the used tissue into the already open bin!
 
 
And why do I use so many tissues when the whole wide world is scrambling around for them or buying them on the black market?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s to prevent secondary infections as nobody was touching a thing (especially the hospital staff) without the use of gloves or a tissue!
 
I was told I had better get myself discharged from the hospital (in good health of course) A.S.A.P (As Soon As Possible) as people who overstay their welcome (in hospitals) tend to go down (wherever down may be but I know what they mean) with secondary infections!
 
Well, if that isn’t an incentive to get myself well, with or without medication, I do not know what is…
 
…so I fought to get well additionally on my own steam and merit!
 
So, let’s go back to my bathroom sessions or rigmarole – but it was an achievement – as it kept me moving forward!
 
So, re: Steps 1 to 14 above; this is what I go through each time I go to the loo and I am aware of every movement I make purely because only on Thursday the 2nd of April 2020, I couldn’t even sit up without feeling exhausted.
 
I am doing my best to take it a step at time as I still feel the urge to say:
 
“Come on Wilson just get on with it!”
 
But I may end up doing myself some (internal) damage.
 
My sputum still has traces of blood (or more like all blood) in it and I have to give a sample today for them to check it out.
 
All in all I can move and walk around (pretty) freely but I now realise the shoes I have are not the best for walking indoors as they are semi-hiking boots which causes me to wobble even on a good day walking on a perfectly flat surface.
 
My boots are so BIG, I have given them a name and I refer to them as my ‘Claude Hoppers’.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q: What is a Claude Hopper?
A:Definition of clodhopper. 1 : a clumsy and uncouth rustic. 2 : a large heavy work shoe or boot.
 
 
But it’s all good as it allows me to focus on each step I take.
 
When I arrived at St Helier Hospital I was asked if I was falling over, which was a “No!” but I was a tad off balance all the time I was at home…
 
…where now I am weighing up whether I am still off balance or is it my ‘Claude Hoppers’, my boots!
 
What I shall continue to do is focus fully on my breathing all day and every day by bringing my breath as low as possible, you know, down to the abdomen and back up.
 
“In Through The Nose And Out Through The Mouth – With My Tongue Touching The Roof Of My Mouth At All Times – And On Every Inhalation And Exhalation!”
 
I learned all of the breathing techniques years ago and even though I know them well, it’s extremely hard work as I do have that annoying pain (from the pneumonia or is it the COVID-19(?)) still trying to wrestle me to the ground.
 
All in all I have come from a 10% to 70% in energy and motion.
 
I will continue to take it easy as I can now feel my body or self to want to get up and do this and do that…
 
…but luckily, there isn’t much to do but I do need to walk as I have been given a blood thinner (which is a short sharp jab of an injection in the tummy) so as not to develop (blood) clots due to lying around all day and not moving.
 
 
 
But I want to breathe and move…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
…on and of my own accord…
 
…and off of…
 
…my own Steam, Breath and Energy!
 
 
 
 
Bible Verse:
 
“Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The LORD.
 
Praise The LORD.”
 
~ Psalm 150:6
 
 
 

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Wilson P Williams MSHAA, HAD

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