Friday, August 17, 2007

Summertime


I am always saying that I don't spend enough time on my own blog but I keep letting it happen. I have been pretty faithfully blogging my pulmonary rehab progress since the beginning of this year over at Breathing Better, Living Well. Rehab has been a huge help to my psyche and my breathing, especially after a recent hospitalization for pneumonia. I thought I would wind up backsliding but ever so slowly, I'm making gains again.

I just got through a training class in July and it's almost time for another class. The last class of students was exhausting. They collectively had the attention span of gnat and were constantly complaining about how we taught them and what we gave them to do, and always seemed to be in the middle of some sort of drama in their personal lives. Thank goodness that's over and now I'm looking forward to a new group at the beginning of the month. I know I'll screen them much better to make sure that they are ready to take on the task of learning. It's always so much fun when students are motivated and really want to learn.

I'm also working on a project to bring free home visits to COPDers. This is exciting work for me and a project that is near and dear to my heart. It's a program to help prevent recurrent hospitalization to a population that could benefit from education and support. It's a nurse-based service but I hope to get referrals from docs who want better outcomes for their patients, and a local hospital that wants to save some money on ER visits and frequent recurrent hospitalizations.

Who knew when I left full time work that I would find so many ways to fill my time that brought me so much happiness! Who needs a summer vacation when you can do what you love and still have time to smell the roses!

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