Aug 09, 2013 - 2:15 pm
Hi, big thanks to you that reponded to my last posting about the intense pain while healing up from the thoractomy and taking out 15% of my left lung.
I slept in bed for the first time. I slept for about 3 hours without waking up which felt wonderful. It was bad, however, because I can't get out of bed by myself so I had to wait until Brian came home at 7:30 AM from working 3rd shit. Luckily I didn't have to go the bathroom really bad otherwise I would have had to pee the bed. When I got out of bed, it felt like I ripped part of my lung apart and it stung like crazy. So sleeping in bed is nice, but I don't know if getting out of bed is worth it.
The pain is a bit better today, so I imagine I will plateau again and have to wait for the next corner.
I sure appreciate the support and suggestions. It is nice to have a place to come with people who understand.
One very good thing is that my breathing is VASTLY improved. Prior to surgery, I would run out of breath so easy; sometimes when talking I would cough and cough, run out of air and have to quit; the dry cough was bad; the crackling in the chest when I exhale when sitting or laying down is gone (sometimes I would wake up during the night and then couldn't fall back to sleep because the crackling would keep me up); I don't have the wheezing that I was having. That darn plum in my lung sure caused a lot of problems. It is very nice to be able to breathe normal again. I actually felt like I was going crazy that I couldn't go one like that.
It sure is nice to have turned another corner as far as pain. The pain is so intense and I can tell I am down in the dumps and whiney this time.
I am still doing as much as I can and perhaps too much at times. I walk out in the yard a few times a day, and do as much housework as I can. Heck, Brian and I canned 10 quarts of sliced dill pickles yesterday. He had to help me quite a bit this year. I have to admit the help is nice, but I sure do like doing it alone better! I miss being able to pick my veges out of the garden. Brian has to do all the picking.
Today when he wakes up we,well Brian does, have green beans to pick. I am not sure if I am going to can or freeze them.
It is interesting with my dog, Cinnamon this time. She is always my little shadow following me around, but she is sticking right to me. She isn't even taking naps in bed with Brian since he is sleeping during the day. She sleeps in what ever room I am in. When we walk, she is walking much slower (except for one time when she was on a rabbit hunt near the woods, lol, it hurt like heck when she was pulling me).
Well,thanks for listening. You are a wonderful group of men and women!!!