22 Aug

I’ve been pretty breathless today, it’s a scary feeling, but I’m doing all the right things to control it. Hopefully I’ll be strong enough to have the fluid drained off soon and that will make a huge difference.

The mother cat came back so the kittens have been put back under the hedge with her. I decided it wouldn’t be fair on Dad to have another one anyway because he really didn’t want more cats.

Sylvie has 3 friends over (2 of which are boys – ooooo!) and they are being annoyingly loud so I haven’t had much sleep today. I slept very well last night though and only got up once! Compared to my norm of at least 3 trips to the commode.

I’m signing off because I’m too tired to write anything worth reading.


19 Responses to “Breathless.”

  1. Alison August 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Give the boys a swift kick and tell ’em to shut up because you need your beauty sleep lol. Hope tomorrow brings easier breathing and better quality rest.

    Ali xx

  2. celia butler August 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    May the good sleep continue in spite of the youngsters and their antics. That’s the trouble with being the oldest! Keep on getting stronger – presumably draining the fluid will help with the breathlessness?
    And anything you write is worth reading,- no worries on that score. There are loads of people who just like to know how you’re doing, so even a few words are well appreciated. x.

  3. Andrea Clarke August 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi Rosie, I agree with Celia – you’re always worth reading. sorry to read about the breathlessness – fingers crossed that it improves. i do have some understanding of how that feels, a few years ago i had something called costochondritis (heaven only knows if that;’s how its spelled) which was really painful and one of the problems was difficulty breathing, i could only breath shallowly, and it was really disconcerting. another side effect was that every time i sneezed/laughed/coughed it was so painful that i felt compelled to swear (very violently and repeatedly), the inspectors were due (Jo will remember) and I was a bit worried as to how it would go down if this happened when they were around. we discovered that they were very interested in equality issues so it was suggested that they were told i had tourettes!

    thanks for the birthday wishes, we had a great time. the countryside was really beautiful. It rained a bit on Sat pm, so we went off to Lake Vyrnyw – incredible to think that this lake in the middle of Wales services Liverpool’s water needs, gotta be impressed by those Victorians. there are various picnic sites around the lake and at one of them there they have carved dolphins out of pieces of wood – really effective – i’ve emailed you a picture.

    take care
    Andrea xxx

    • Michelle Gabriel August 23, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      I have costochondritis and it’s dreadfully painful. And breathing is an issue. Going to the loo was a problem too πŸ™‚

      • Andrea Clarke August 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

        yes you’re right about the loo Michelle, glad that wasn’t just me!! πŸ™‚

  4. Jilly (beckys aunty) August 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I hope your feeling better tomorrow xx

  5. margaret crisp August 23, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Hi Rosie, breathless does sound rather scary, so no wonder that’s what you feel! Hopefully it’ll ease up and I guess the oxygen helps.
    No doubt Dad is relieved over your cat decision, and the fact that mother cat has returned is great. All’s well that ends well!
    We had lightening and thunder for a couple of hours last night, and that was quite scary, really loud and bright. Luckily we have electric, phone and internet this morning, something I thought we’d probably lose. With no electric comes no water, so its a bit of a drama when that happens!
    Am hoping I’m having a delivery of crispy peking duck and pancakes today, so know whats on the menu for me tonight!

  6. Lisa Burt August 23, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Hi – I hope you get your breathlessness sorted out soon. Please can I implore you to call the RSPCA or Cats Protection to have the mum and kitties moved to somewhere warm and dry. Young cats with kittens need lots of food to keep producing the milk and its miserable for them if they have to fend for themselves. If RSPCA and CP are full ask them if they know of any other small rescue centres they know of. I work for a registered cat rescue in my area and we are soooo full I currently have a 3 legged chap in my bathroom and a beautiful kitten in my living room as well as my resident buddy Chudleigh…full house.
    Hope they are able to drain you soon. X

  7. Michelle Gabriel August 23, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Hi Rosie. Hope you’re feeling a bit better this morning and you can breathe easier. As an asthma sufferer I know how important breathing is πŸ˜‰
    As for the kitten, glad it’s back with it’s mum, but I do agree with Lisa. Hope someone gets it sorted.
    At work, so need to press on.
    Mic x

  8. ro August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Rosie, get a fan. A hand held little one, or one on a table or anything, so long as it blows air in your face. It should help with breathlessness, not sure why but it does. Also morphine can help… I did a module including palliative care this year, one of the main parts was dealing with breathlessness. We had a lecture from the physio from the hospice, who runs a breathlessness clinic, teaching people ways to manage and cope with breathlessness – maybe your hospice or palliative doc has something similar?
    Theres some old wives tale about frozen grapes helping breathlessness, but we were told we’d fail the exam if we put that. So I didn’t tell you!
    Hope it improves soon. Try a fan and let us if it helps!

    • Maz August 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      frozen red grapes are really scrummy. just put a bag of the seedless ones (tis important to have seedless as i can testify from coughing fit experience) and then they go all frosty looking and taste really nice especially when eaten with a lump of cheese. no idea about breathlessness but certainly enjoy πŸ™‚

  9. Pip Armstrong August 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Henry wants a kitten, George’s official line is no way but I can tell that he might just cave in with an extra bit of persuasion so tell Julia and Paul if they want a home for one of them we might be able to help πŸ™‚
    Really sorry about breathlessness, very horrible, I fractured my sternum a few years ago and breathing normally was agony although it has to be said not quite the same as having your lungs full of fluid which I’m very sure is not nice at all. Hope it’s much better today x

  10. Chloe Taylor-Jones August 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I’ve sent you my news in a good old fashioned letter, I hope you are feeling less short of breath by the time it arrives. Keep propped up on cushions if you can bear it until you feel less breathless and take care of yourself and don’t over-do it. Thank-you for always making the effort to update your blog, I check it every day. Thinking of you xxx

    ps – I am glad the mummy cat came back. A happy ending for the kitten.

  11. Debbie August 24, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Hi Rosie,
    Sorry to hear about the scary breathlessness – hope you are feeling better now. In other respects you seem to be doing very well, and thankfully getting proper night rest.
    It is a lovely sunny day here in Weymouth this morning, just as I have to go home! There was heavy rain all day yesterday, so spent the day dancing with a Rug Doctor in an effort to clean the carpets. Not the best way to spend a holiday… X

    • Julia August 24, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Hmmm … Dancing with a Rug Doctor eh? Were the carpets clean afterwards Debbie?! Tee Hee.

    • Julia August 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      Maybe I’ll give him a try. Does he do Salsa?

      • Debbie August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

        He was pretty agile on the twist, and did an awesome shag (Wikipedia: a swing dance that originated in the 1920s …in case you’re wondering). Didn’t try him on anything Latin, and doubt he’s much of a cook!

  12. Julia August 24, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    To those of you concerned about the cat and her kittens they are fine thanks.

  13. margaret crisp August 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi Rosie, hope you are okay today. I have been on a borrowed exercise bike today and my knee has improved a bit. Can’t go upstairs properly yet, but progress is being made albeit slowly.
    Three weeks before my u.k. trip, and am looking forward to it – apart from the boat! I don’t like it too much unless the boat is like a millpond and sleeping on the floor overnight is not my favourite way to spend the night!! Cabins are quite expensive, so as yet have to find a way of getting up from the floor, presuming I can get down in the first place!!!!! We have booked the obligatory reclining seat for the overnight crossings, but know they’re difficult to sleep in – could do with a blow up bed if you can arrange that amongst all your new gadgets!!
    Hope you get a good nights slep and that your syringe driver is okay, love mags.

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