a little tlc

July 3, 2008

tlc stands for total lung capacity when you are in pulmonary clinic. and apparently, mine is only okay. i’m 80-90% of predicted (based on height/weight/age) on most of the lung parameters. we had some downtime in the morning and so the lab techs performed pulmonary function tests on me! this involved breathing into a big machine really deeply and with maximum effort while the tech cheered me on: “keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, KEEP GOING, KEEP GOING, ok STOP!”. i’ve never exhaled for so long.

anyway, it was cool. and gave me some appreciation for what some kids — as young as 4-5 years old for the type of test i sampled — have to go through quite often. in addition to PFTs, i saw some clinic patients and helped with a consult in the NICU. it was a well-rounded day, and it went by quickly.

so work is good. i think i will learn something this month. it helps that i am actually given time to attend morning and noon conferences. AND my pager does not erupt multiple times while i am sitting there trying to eat my lunch and listen to the lecture. which actually might be my favorite thing about this new year.



workout: 45 minutes of intervals on the elliptical. i didn’t really want to go but was in a much better mood afterwards.

reading: 1.5 hours (ok, i had a lot of down time in the morning!) on asthma and cystic fibrosis.

cooking masterpiece: thwarted by the fact that our power was out when i got home! it came back on in 20 minutes or so (some bratty kid was messing with the meters, apparently . . .WHY? I DON’T KNOW) but because of the uncertainty in being able to cook, i had josh bring home chinese. it was pretty good.