My Hospital Bed

United States
June 28, 2012 5:54am CST
I wonder when my hospital bed is coming. I have a wonderful double bed that I have enjoyed for about 4 years now. I had a hospital bed for several years because my breathing was not good, especially at night. Well, a few years ago my son in law had was given this bed frame and head boards from his parents and he had already had a new box spring and mattress that he wasn't using. I asked if I could have it rather than having him store it somewhere. So I let my bed go back. I've had some problems with my breathing since then, but not too much until lately. Since we moved here, it must be all the vegetation and the trees around.. but I'm having to use my oxygen a lot more. I have cor pulmonary; it's a pulmonary condition that causes the heart to enlarge. I'm also having lots of back pain and nerve pain in spite of taking the prescribed meds. So, my doctor has put in an order for another hospital bed for me. The company that supplies my oxygen also will supply my hospital bed. I hope they call before they come so my son in law can take this bed apart and put it in the back room so the hospital bed can be put there. It will be an electric bed with a remote control to set the positions I need to be in to breathe better. It's not even 7 o'clock yet and I'm up due to back pain. I'm short of breath too, I think the osteoporosis I have is changing my spine so that more pressure is on my lungs. I know my posture isn't the same as it was when I was younger.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
7 Jul 12
hi dear PointlessQuestions I am excited to hear you will be getting a hospital bed. This will be so much more comfortable for you than a normal bed and I am looking forward to hearing how things are going at your place. Have a wonderful blessed weekend.
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• United States
7 Jul 12
Hi RitterSport, I still haven't got it yet. They keep saying they didn't get the fax. Twice now they said they would call my doc to get the order and they would call me back. That hasn't happened...so now I'm going to wait until Monday and call them again. Oh.. and NO one was going to come to my party... so I had my daughter make the cake tonight and we had it for supper. I was a bit upset that my Mama Jo wasn't coming.. she didn't want to ask her son.. so I said I would ask him... he didn't come out and say no... just blowing me off.. saying "what is your address" and I give it AGAIN for the 3rd time... and then nothing... so today I text him and say "are you coming Sunday to my party?" and he said "I don't know.. I have a lot going on"... I said never mind.. I'll have it myself tonight then... no one wants to come, I'll have it tonight. I won't bother inviting them again. They can call me if they want to come.
• Lippstadt, Germany
7 Jul 12
that makes me so damn sad, they are not going to come to celebrate with you. Wish I was nearby I would blow my diabetic suitable eating habits to celebrate with you and honor your invitation for sure.
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• United States
9 Jul 12
I know you would sweetheart. It had sugar free frosting you would have loved. That frosting was sooooo good. I have another can of frosting. I bought two. I didn't have a sugar free cake. I might start looking for some though and see if they are any good.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
I think it is wonderful that you are getting a hospital bed, I wish I had one. I think your pain is also from all the extra housework and walking you are doing as well.
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• United States
28 Jun 12
Yes, I'm sure it is. I swept the kitchen floor and then mopped it by hand. I had to do it in 3 sections and rest in between. It looks really good now. I love the smell of it after it is clean. The floor cleaner has such a nice fresh scent.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
Unfortunately it is taking too much out of you. Two people I know had heart attacks that killed them because of overexerting themselves, take care of your self and ask the doctor what kind of house work and exercise you are capable of doing considering your illness and then go back to your sil and tell him the doctors orders.
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• United States
29 Jun 12
I just do the easier stuff... sweeping and mopping... K does the vacuuming. I can't do that, cause it causes me to have arrhythmia. I walk when I am up for it, but I have to walk with a cane. I need 2 canes actually... but have to wait until I have an extra $20 or so to get the extra cane. I might be able to do that in August. I think it has a lot to do with the vegetation here. I have to blow my nose a lot here and I never did at the other house, so there are irritants I'm dealing with. Considering our surroundings, I'll deal with it. The kitchen floor and my bathroom floor are VERY easy to care for. I love doing what I do.. it's not too much.. not like at the other house where it was endless and I never saw an improvement.
@bunnybon7 (37915)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jun 12
i think a lot of our breathing problems is due to more stress also. because i know i start having problems breathing with stress. im ok till the kids really upset me then i have to reax=ch for my inhaler. i was originally put on the inhaler because of anxiety and i think thats just another word for getting stressed. then later the doc said i had emphezema
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• United States
28 Jun 12
I have that too.. COPD, which includes emphysema. I have 2 inhalers that I never remember to use. i should use them, but I forget. I'll go use them when I get done with this discussion. Yes, stress affects me in a negative way. I start feeling like a fish is flopping in my chest and my breath gets a little short. Exertion is another big trigger for it just because I can't do as much. I had to rest 3 times while sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor.
• Indonesia
29 Jun 12
well ,a iagree that make us streessed and its might be too make us strong people!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Jun 12
Hope the bed helps u.I have copd among other problems so i know about it being hard to breathe.
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• United States
28 Jun 12
Hi Anti, It does get difficult at times. I don't smoke anymore and haven't for years, but the COPD doesn't go away. I still have pulmonary problems. It's mostly active when I get sick or when I am a little more active. I feel better when I keep my oxygen on but sometimes I have to take it off cause the cord gets in my way... like just now.. I was sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. I had to stop 3 times to rest before I got finished with it.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Jun 12
U sound like me,
@ECH107 (108)
• Austria
29 Jun 12
I hope it helps to alleviate your condition. My mother has severe allergies which really affect her. Sometimes our bodies have a bad reaction to the environment around us, and we have to overcome.
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• United States
29 Jun 12
Right... and having serious pulmonary problems doesn't make it any better. My doc wants me to go have more testing to see if my cor pulmonale has gotten worse, but I just don't have the funds to pay for the deductible so it has to wait until I can do better. We don't have free medical care here in the US like they do in other countries, so many of us have to do the best we can.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
Hi pointlessQuestions, I am sorry that you are having so many health problems and I hope that you will get your hospital bed soon. I think that your attitude is very good I congratulate you on doing so well under such circumstances. Blessings.
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• United States
28 Jun 12
Hi Pose, Thanks.. I do try to stay positive. I know things will get better. I think I do get more out of breath because more is expected of me here. I just got done sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. It looks nice and pretty now, so I'm glad I was able to do it. I had to rest 3 times to do it, but I got it done. You have a blessed day Pose. Thanks for stopping by.
• United States
28 Jun 12
This sounds rough, and I will be praying for you. Have you tried to change your diet and eat mostly veggies. I use to have severe problems like yours until I changed my diet. I know people do not like to hear that, but just think about it and try one day if you want. Your total health will improve, and you will not believe it. Get rid of processed foods.
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• United States
28 Jun 12
I wish I could do that Surveychick4. I can't afford to buy fresh fruits and veggies for me to eat every day. I buy all the groceries for my whole family and they don't eat that way and wouldn't be happy campers at all. If it were just me, I would certainly do that. I'm lucky to get 10 cans of fruit like peaches and fruit cocktail. I do get a few frozen veggies, but the money is used up buying the stuff the family wants to eat. My SIL is not a vegetable eater. Things are so high here, that the money I have allotted for food and the necessary non-food items barely makes it. It didn't make it this month and I had to dip into the rent money to put food on the table. I have to buy the cheapest I can buy. Now my SIL will have to give me back the money I used to pay the rent with and I will have to pay him back.. so it's robbing Peter to pay Paul. I think we can plan better for next month, but still I can't get the fruits and veggies I would need. It's a great idea and great advice, but it's just not feasible.