Scary breathing episode

Scary breathing episode

Posted by CaptainPike on Oct 2, 2018 12:05 am

this morning, near the end of my bowel routine, I had some secretions I couldn't clear.

It wasn't bad, really, but I'm a little paranoid because I got double pneumonia last spring – nearly died. I was in the hospital for over a month total. Pneumonia is a force to be reckoned with!! I got to the point where, breathing in, one of my lungs wouldn't always inflate. There is crap is that bronchial branch, temporarily preventing air from being drawn in, with my weak abdominal muscles. That's my self-diagnosis.

I could still breathe, but it felt… unsatisfying. There was no rattling either. Until I sucked harder and opened up. I asked to be assist-cough'd – it helped by moving things around but.

Long story short – up in my chair, drinking lots of water and having a black coffee helped a lot. I directed my helper to assist-cough me, cheating over to the left side a little. This got some gobs up (sorry for that colorful object). The rest I could clear out myself over time. So it was kind of scary a little, but I was able to stay calm somehow. I did that, into-the-nose-out-through-the-mouth thing, and that always seems to calm me down. Once my helper was gone, I belted out some operatic snatches – some known some made up! Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Kind of thing – that always helps, and it often creates some useful abdominal spasming, I'm laughing now – which helps too.

Mike Tyson once said, "everyone's got a plan, until they get hit". I have a renewed gratitude for breathing – its fundamental, it's wonderful!

Re: Scary breathing episode

Posted by Jenn on Oct 5, 2018 2:51 pm

I am sorry to hear about your scary breathing episode, glad to read you found a solution and things ended up being ok.
The PVA does have a helpful document (PDF) on respiratory managment I wanted to link for you.

You are also welcome to call 1-800-539-7309 and ask to speak to an Information Specialist. Through our online community there is also a helpful SCI Nurse forum you can post on topics related to spinal cord injury healthcare, please see the link below. Please note our community is free to join. 

There is also a helpful nursing advice line offered through Craig Hospital, these nurses are available to answer non-emergent questions related to SCI. To reach a nurse call: 800-247-0257 or 303-789-8508. 

Take good care 

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