It’s Parole time!

I haven’t had any more hemoptysis (blood) since the second embolization.  Yay!!!  My groin is very sore where they went in for both embolisms. They went in on the right side for both embolisms.  My chest is a little sore. Since I’ve been laying in bed for the last 4 days, it doesn’t take much for me to ‘overdue’ it.  I washed my hair in the sink and it was just enough to make the pain in the groin more noticeable.  Also, I get short of breath more easily right now due to the embolisms. Basically, my lungs have had a bit of trauma over the last week.  Continue reading

Embolization #2 (hoping it’s the last)

I coughed up more blood last night and morning, totaling about 1/4 cup if not more.  Well we know what that means by now. Yep, another embolism.  I went down for the procedure at 10:45am but I didn’t get into the procedure room until 12:40pm. They were so over busy. I made it back to my room around 2:30pm. The best part of getting back to my room was I got the luxury of laying flat for 6 hours!  I had to eat laying down. I had to pee into a bed pan laying down. That is something I would rather not have to do ever again. Continue reading

Blood, blood and more blood

3am = coughing up blood time I guess. I coughed up about 15-20 cc. My CF Doctor came to see me around 8am and decided he wanted to do a bronch to see where the blood was coming from. I went down for the bronch at 9:15am and I was back in my room by 11:30am. He said he didn’t see any active bleed areas. His next thought was that it was drainage from my sinuses/nose. He looked and said he saw some blood there.  Continue reading

Hodgepodge post coming at ya

I was paroled from lock up on Monday the 7th after 12 long days.  It seems that every time I’m on the ride back home from the hospital that I notice all sorts of new things along the way.  This time it was road construction.  The Smokey Mountains are never a new view to me but the drive from the hospital to our house has one of the best views of the mountains and I am always in awe of them.  Never fails, it’s my favorite drive with the best view.  It’s home to me. Continue reading

Yep, that’s my luck

My first night in lock up….in CCU/ICU was as expected, NO SLEEP and constant flow of people in and out.  If I totaled up my “sleep” from last night, I would have to guess I got about 2 hours.  At 3am I had labs drawn, a chest X-ray taken and nasal swabs. Why at 3am? Your guess is as good as mine. They were completed nonetheless. Earlier in the night I had an EKG along with my first set of nasal swabs. Hahaha. Yesterday was brought to you by the number 2. I’ll explain; 2 sticks to get a peripheral IV for the chest CT with contrast, 2 sticks for a blood gas, 2 sticks to get my port accessed, 2 sticks from the lab tech for blood cultures since they have to be from 2 different sites, 2 sets of nasal swabs. There may have been more of the terrible twos but due to my lack of sleep, I can’t remember. Oh who am I kidding, my memory sucks and everyone knows that. Hahaha Continue reading