I had my long awaited methacholine test this past Friday. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but from what I read online it said it was a physically demanding test and that it took about an hour. I got to the hospital at 2:30 and met an awesome lung technician named Norm who immediately put me at ease. He was so nice and walked me through the whole process. Basically they get your height and weight and determine what your lung capacity should be for a person your age and your size. After getting measured I took a deep breath and then blew into a tube that recorded how my lungs handled air in my normal state. He said my lungs were exactly what they should be and that in my resting state I did not appear to have asthma. Then the fun began, I had to breathe in a methacholine vapor that if you has asthma of any sort should cause your lungs to react like they would during an asthma attack. The dosage of methacholine increases up to six times and if after any of those tests your lung capacity drops by over 20% you’re considered to have asthma and the test is over.
The first dose didn’t even seem like I was breathing in anything. My test came back fine. The second dose started to taste like cough syrup but I didn’t feel anything and my test came back fine. After the third dose (which really tasted like cough syrup) my breathing started to feel a little constricted and my lung capacity dropped by 5%. After the fourth dose my lungs really started to feel tight, though never like I couldn’t breathe, just like it was more effort. When I breathed on the machine he said the test was over, my lung capacity had dropped by a total of 35%, and that I in fact have asthma. Afterwards I had to breathe in a vapor that gets your breathing back under control for a few minutes. Norm then retested me and said my lungs were even better than my pretest. Something I didn’t expect after the test was to be sweating and to feel a little dizzy with tingly palms. Norm said that’s normal because we normally don’t breathe so strongly for so long, and that it caused me to hyperventilate a little. The next step now is him sending over my information to the lung specialist, who writes the official diagnosis, who sends that over to my Doctor, who then calls me in to go over everything and give me a prescription plan.
While asthma isn’t a good thing to have I really don’t feel bothered by the results. I only ever feel the effects of it when I run or when I’m around cats. Knowing that I have a way to treat it makes me happy. Our poor future kids though, Norm saw my ring and was asking about Josh during the test. When I mentioned how Josh also has asthma Norm said there’s a pretty high chance our kids will have asthma too. At least we don’t live in a world like Revolution (Does anyone else watch that show? We’re obsessed!) and inhalers are pretty easy to come by.
After the diagnosis I headed over to Panera for dinner and then to Kohls for some browsing. I sent out an Instagram picture of the 10 piece OXO pop top set and how I couldn’t wait to put it on my wedding registry. I then headed over to T.J. Maxx and stumbled upon a five piece OXO pop top set in red on sale for $22. Santa must have seen my Instagram post! I snatched that up so quick! 😀
After my unexpected shopping trip I headed over to Verizon to get my new phone set up. I’ve had a Droid 2 for forever and it has been dying a slow sad death for months. I always had to have it plugged into a charger, if I didn’t it would die within 30 minutes. Paying $75 a month for a phone contract I wasn’t fully getting to use since I could hardly use my phone when I was out and about got annoying. I finally decided to upgrade my phone to the new Droid 4. I LOVE it. It is so much faster, I’m finally on 4G, and even though the screen is bigger the phone is so much thinner and lighter. I also love that I didn’t have to give up my keyboard. I know virtually everyone uses touchscreen exclusively but I need a keyboard. I love using apps and checking updates on the touchscreen but for writing text messages or long emails nothing compares to having a keyboard. I got the anti-glare screen protector on it and it’s really nice. Now I’m just waiting on my case to come in the mail and then it will be fully good to go.
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to head to Josh’s. I’ve been puppy sitting for the week while my parents have been on vacation and since they were getting back that day I could finally go and see Josh. It was nearly three weeks since I had last seen him! I picked up a salad from Fiddlehead for us and we had it along with leftover pizza for lunch. It was so good.
After lunch we headed to Target to check out the Neiman Marcus and Target collection. We were both really underwhelmed. The prices were super expensive and in my opinion they weren’t justified. This was the one top I sort of liked but not for $80.
After Target we headed over to T.J.Maxx for some potential jean shopping for me. My T.J.Maxx in Williamsport is nice but the one in State College is awesome. They always have a huge selection of designer jeans on such great sales, I need to remember to check there on a consistent basis. Since I’m pretty much alternating between my pair of Joes Jeans, my Vince denim jeggings, and my Lulu Wunder Unders at this point I really need a new pair of jeans. I’ve lost some weight and I have to get rid of at least ten pairs of jeans because they’re too big. I tried on a few hopefuls at T.J.Maxx but they were either not the right wash or they were still too expensive. I’ll keep checking back, I’m pretty persistent! While I didn’t leave with jeans we did leave with our first ornament! I’m so excited for Josh and I to get to decorate our first Christmas tree next year! We spotted this ornament and both loved it. We’re thinking we want a silver and gold theme for our future tree and since our wedding theme is birds we thought this would be the perfect first ornament for us.
Sunday was spent working on school work. I had a 12 page paper to write that was due today that I had procrastinated on for forever. I finally got it done, along with homework, although it took most of the day. Thank goodness this semester is almost over! I’m so ready for break. I had to share a picture of this multi-grain baguette topped with Wegman’s fresh pesto topped with roasted garlic that I had at lunch. It was out of this world good.
And that was my weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours! Unfortunately it’s time to get back to the grind but before you know it it will be the weekend again! I love how that happens. 😀
Oh and the winner of the Hummuz Crispz is Mindy Artze! Congrats girly! If you can please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org your address I’ll get your information sent over to Mediterranean Snacks so they can get your goodie bag on its way to you!
Question of the Day: What was the highlight of your weekend?