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The Seventh Sneeze

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Steve.Adam
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I felt a sneeze coming last night so I grabbed my trusty folded towel, pressed it to my abdomen, and let it happen. It was only a little one, with no follow up.

Because sneezing is such a notable event I realised I had sneezed very few times since the surgery. My estimate was seven times.  I've also had very few unplanned coughs.

It would have been awful to have coughing and sneezing fits soon after the op.

I think I have been lucky in many ways.

I am too attached to that towel.

Steve.

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hardo718
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for encouraging other to use their spirometer's post-op.  Can you imagine if you had pneumonia set in?  Guess you'd have to wrap yourself in that towel for the unexpected coughs, etc!

As I recall, those were some scary moments in the first few weeks, when you feel the sneeze coming and can't hold back.  Shades of torture.

;-)  Donna~

Marilynfelice
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Thank you for having a great sense of humor! Your attitude is a breath of fresh air as we just found out husband renal cell metatasized to spine. Thanks for being there as I see how involved you have been in these discussions.

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Steve.Adam
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Hi Marilyn,

There are two types of people here, I think.  There are those with mets and the rest of us who hope we never get them.  I am in the luckier group there too.

I really feel for you and hope that the treatments work well for you.

Steve.

Ktmg
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This made me smile. Thank you!

Kamushka
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My dad had a pain in his back just below his left shoulder.....nothing else! The doctor took xrays and sent him home with some muscle relaxants. The next day still in bad pain doctor sent him to emergency room. I met him there and noticed a golf ball sized pulsating lump on his collarbone which was not there the day before. The oncologist diagnosed him with stage four kidney cancer because the lump had kidney cells in it. Dad was diagnosed on a Thursday and died the following Thursday.  I was overwhelmed and knew nothing about kidney cancer. According to oncologist cancer ate thru his collarbone as well as his spine and his thigh bones in a matter of days. Dad was very strong and active all his life, one of the liberators of the concentration camps in WWII and very independent until that emergency room visit.  It has been several years now but I am still trying to wrap my head and heart around it. The death certificate said he probably had it a month. Is this how kidney cancer is? Please let me know. Because it happened so fast the oncologist was uncaring and not available for questions.....there was no time for a second opinion. Thanks for reading.

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Footstomper
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And also outside my experience. I've been told that its not unusual for kidney Cancer to be undetected for years. Perhaps this is what happened to your dad?

I agree tho' start your own thread more people will see it and read it. Dont forget we're not doctors, we're patients

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Steve.Adam
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You should make a new topic for this post even if you just copy and paste. It will be more visible to the group.

Your Dad's situation is outside my experience. I thought kidney cancer was slower than that.

Steve.

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