No excuses this time... I'm not even going to look at when the last entry was I put in my blog. I just know that this past month or so has had every sort of high and low imaginable. I don't even remember where I last left off, what I've reported on, and what I meant to but forgot, etc. So, some of this may be a repeat and other info might be brand new. Here goes... :)
I had been whining/complaining about this darn breathing problem. At first, it was every time I exhaled I would have this wheezing sound. Then it advanced to when I would inhale, there would be a gurgling sound that seemed to be caught in my chest... it wasn't something I could cough and release. It was driving me nuts! Of course, the explanation was that it was "bronchial spasms" which is very common for people who have chronic bronchitis, asthma, etc. Well, yes, I've had chronic bronchitis during my life but I had never experienced these bronchial spasms. But hey, as we get older, who knows? Alas, there's no cure for them... they will just go away on their own, in their own sweet time. But the problem is... I have not been having much in the way of bronchitis (had it just before the Christmas holidays, but that was the only time in over a year) and yet I had these bronchial spasms that wouldn't go away.
It was time for my oncologist to refer me to a Respirologist. Off I went to see (yet another) doctor. Well, he certainly wasn't hard on the eyes and seriously... are doctors all under the age of 25 now?? It sure seems that way!! But he was great! He certainly put me through my paces and put me through every respiratory test known to mankind... as well as the usual blood workups, CT scan, etc. It was Dr. Johnson who found an obstruction ... one of the tumors in my lungs was partially blocking my airwaves. This totally explained the problems I was having with the wheezing, gurgling and shortness of breath!! So he got together with my oncologist, Dr. Renouf, and they decided the best plan of action would be to have me see my radiation oncologist, Dr. Ma (who I hadn't seen since 2007)... and he agreed that we should go ahead with radiation and radiate the tumor that was causing the problem.
That happened about 3 weeks ago. Now, Dr. Ma and the technicians all kept reminding me during the 5 days of radiation sessions, that the radiation would continue to work for about a week after we stopped... and then sometime after that week it's quite possible my symptoms will feel worse before they got better. BUT, the plan was/is that the radiation will shrink the tumor and then breathing will go back to normal... and that's what I'm counting on. Meanwhile... the week of radiation went smoothly, no reactions, nothing to report. The first two weeks after the radiation treatments, still no response/reactions. I even thought I was breathing better... but by then I was using a Nebulizer that I have borrowed from my father, which Dr. Johnston gave me a prescription for medications for it, as well, I have a heavy duty prescription narcotic cough suppressant in pill form. It was the THIRD week (last week) that the congestion came back fast and furious. I now have these coughing fits that, combined with shortness of breath, can literally take my breath away! Last night, I woke up from a fairly sound sleep around 1am, in a coughing fit and gasping for breath. Obviously, I could still breathe because I made myself sit up on the edge of the bed and immediately put the Nebulizer mask on and turned the machine on (it pays to have the medicine already set up in the machine for emergencies such as this). I did the fast relief medicine first, then followed by the longer term medicine (this is the same medicine that is in the puffers.. but more concentrated when done via mask/machine). I then took some cough medicine (liquid) followed by one of my prescription cough suppressant pills. That seemed to calm the coughing down (phew) and could crawl back into bed under the comforter. Should I mention here, my darling deaf diva schnauzer didn't bother to wake up and worry about her Mom... it was night time which is the time to be sleeping, thank you very much. Unless SHE is thirsty or hungry, there is no point in getting out of her warm bed