Monday, December 5, 2016

Did You Ever Have One of Those Days....

I'm late posting today. I wasn't sure I'd be posting at all.




I had a doctor appointment on Friday afternoon. It was supposed to be just a routine visit to make sure my blood pressure medication is doing its job. My blood pressure is fine, but I've had a horrible cough for the past few months. My doctor decided it warranted a chest x-ray, so off I went to the radiologist. By the time Collin and I got home, there was a message waiting for me from my doctor with my test results:

Narrative


Exam: PA and lateral views of the chest.

History: Cough

Findings/Impression: No prior exams are available for comparison. There
are opacities in the right medial lung base which may represent
atelectasis or airspace disease. There is no evidence of pleural
effusion or pneumothorax. The cardiac silhouette is normal. The
mediastinal contours are also normal.


It sounds a lot worse than it actually is. But I ended up with a new prescription and instructions to get a humidifier and use it day and night. As my doctor explained, healthy lungs are like wet sponges--soft and moist. Mine is more like a dry sponge--stiff and yucky. (Is yucky a word?) And the cough has been disrupting my sleep for a while now--to the point that I would fall asleep during the day--while sitting upright. Collin and I went to see a movie for the Cans Film Festival on Saturday--I fell asleep in the theater! As least, according to Collin, I didn't snore.



We ordered two humidifiers from Amazon, due to arrive tomorrow. And I have to go back to the doctor in four weeks. Not exactly how I planned to spend the day before New Year's Eve. Collin also has a doctor appointment that day, so I have an excuse to change mine!

Hopefully, I'll get my Christmas letter done this week!


13 comments:

  1. I hope you feel better and get better sleep and healed up. Thank you for sharing this with us. I've also been meaning to look into humidifiers.

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    1. Bob the Minion? Adorable, isn't he?

      I've been sleeping way too much, I think. I do feel a lot better, though. And humidifiers are an excellent idea for everyone, especially in the winter months.

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  2. Sometimes doctor 'speak' can sound a bit scary. Good thing you went though Norma, if you can get those lungs 'unyuckied' (that's definitely not a word 😀) all the better. I think the humidifiers will help a lot!

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    1. Sometimes I think they use the doctorspeak to scare us into behaving ourselves!

      So, it's not a word, then? Like "bigly" isn't a word?

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  3. Norma Norma Norma. We are twins, same problems different ailments.
    I use to fall asleep sitting up and cough all night also. No fun.
    So happy to know that you can possibly feed better soon.
    Last year I said you should use your brain scan as a Christmas card
    just change the colors. This year you could use your lung scan... works for me.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I did use my brain MRI for Christmas messages last year--sort of. Collin put a Santa hat on it for Christmas, a party hat for New Year's Eve, and an ice bag for New Year's day's hangover! They were posted on Facebook.

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    2. I really need to visit Facebook. Love the New Year one the best.
      Just do not understand it. Will ask Daughter to help me.

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  4. At least now you've got answers. Hopefully the humidifiers go to work quickly.

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    1. I think the opacities they're seeing now may be from past bouts of bronchitis. I had it so bad once, there was (ick!) pus in my lungs.

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  5. Oh my...Sorry to hear that. Hope you get better.

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    1. Shelly, I suspect I'm not doing nearly as badly as you have been. Hope you're mended soon!

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  6. Norma, wishing you moist lungs and sweet dreams.

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