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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Another day, another adventure.

I went to the doc today regarding my lung issues. I'm back on an antibiotic for a suspected lung infection--I was being treated for one before surgery, and I guess it didn't totally resolve. I never really got a full course of antibiotics. I'm also continuing on 20mg prednosone twice a day to protect my lungs as well.

Because of those meds, my doctor put me back on Protonix for a while, to protect my stomach, which is very sensitive.

I knew this was coming, but it's not too much fun. I've got that lump in my throat that doesn't want to cooperate in getting food to my stomach. No complaints, though. I knew this was coming before I made the decision to go forward. I was a lucky one. After the surgery, and before the swelling, I had no difficulty at all, swallowing liquids or soft foods. Now it's definitely a challenge.

It will probably get worse before it gets better. I am determined to go with the flow. This too will pass.

When I eat, I feel like I'm getting (non-painful) throat spasms, as things move at the unmovable wrap.

When I drink or eat, and start having spasms, etc., my mouth begins making huge amounts of thick, "mucousy" saliva. I can't even stand to swallow it. It only happens during eating or drinking, and subsides shortly afterward. Has anyone experienced that?

I haven't used pain meds in 3 days (even Tylenol)...I've been icing. The only incision that hurt is in the left rib area. OUCH. Ice takes care of it. Actually, lately it hasn't even hurt enough to ice. Coughing does flare it up.

I've been walking for 10-15 minute intervals on my treadmill...all day long. A nurse told me to walk whenever I get up to go to the bathroom, so I try to follow that advice. I had a blood clot after my last surgery, so it's important to keep my legs's also good for my lungs. I also think it has help my shoulder/neck referred pain/loose gas pain.

I'm amazed at how quickly you can bounce back from laprascopic surgery. Nobody should fear the surgical pain aspect of this surgery.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   


Reading your daily posts is really a great way to see how you are progressing through your recovery, also I think it is a good way for you to journal your  experience.

Sorry to hear you may still have a lung infection.  Take care and know I am praying for you to keep on getting better every day.

Gentle Hugs


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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt. turn Your dedication to monitoring this forum really makes it possible. Many forums don't continue, and become inactive, because they don't provide for someone to be there for responses. I think posters become discouraged, so it's impossible to learn from their experiences. Thanks so much for all you do!

I know that I was looking for information that I could use as I made my decision to go forward. Hopefully my posts will help someone else.

I also appreciate the responses of members who have been through this, to help me through the rough spots.

I do have a do you safely communicate your email address to another forum member?
Thanks again! Gentle hugs received and appreciated!
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