Sunday, December 14, 2008

a small miracle

Last night around midnight, I was lying in bed on my back, groggy with Vicodin, trying to fall asleep. Suddenly, in my right lung, I felt a strange little flutter, like a bubble had burst. And then ... a rush of cool air filling the lower part of my lung, the part that has barely been working, keeping me from being able to breathe deeply.

I slowly inhaled and realized that I could take a very deep breath with no pain. I lay there for 20 minutes or so, just breathing deeply and wondering what on earth had happened. Was it my acupuncture session yesterday, where she focused on my lungs and my breathing? The acupressure point around my sternum that I'd been rubbing all day? Strangely enough, in my groggy state, the first thought that popped into my mind was, "It's the collective power of all those prayers out there!" (So thank you.)

This morning, my breathing is as deep as ever. I still have the cough and get winded easily, but I'm not quite so breathless. Unfortunately, though, I am more lightheaded than ever. I am worried about that. Maybe it's my low hemoglobin level? And this morning, when I'm sitting up, there are parts of my back and shoulder that do hurt when I take big breaths. But I'm still buoyantly amazed that my lungs have decided to give me full access to air for the first time since the hospital. That is something!

31 comments:

MrsSpock said...

That is fantastic!

Wordgirl said...

Hooray!

otrey3 said...

Great! Baths, breathing... what else is around the corner?

--Laura S.

Alex said...

thats great to hear! I hope you have some more great steps happen very soon :)

Betty M said...

Excellent development!

darcie said...

What great news!!

Megan Thomas said...

Smiling!

Sue said...

Good for you!

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

What a great feeling that must be! Yippee!

Agape said...

Yes!! My first thought too! May you continue to be blessed with little miracles- the answer of many prayers!

Donna said...

Great news! You have so many people praying for you. I have been saying the Miraculous Medal Novena for both you and my husband. I believe everyone's prayers are working.

Victoria said...

Good that breath comes easier - precious miracle. I do her that the other symptoms continue. as do my prayers.

Michele (Moosh) said...

There are no words!!!

I have a candle that I light whenever someone is in need of prayer, so that every time I see it I'm reminded to stop and pray.

I've switched from a candle to one of the Scentsy warmers that I sell that I can leave on 24/7, which I see many times a day and even when I wake at night...so when I say continued prayers, I mean it!!!!

Many continued blessings and little miracles to you. You're doing great, Emilie. :-)

Michele (Moosh) said...

By the way, we're all snowed in here in Sherwood/Beaverton and I think even in Hood River, so now's the time to call your family and catch them at home, bored! LOL

((HUGS))

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

That's what I pray for: miracles!

mnrn said...

Oh I am so happy for you!

Almamay said...

Wonderful news. x

Heidi said...

We'll just keep those prayers coming. We're ready for a Christmas (or New Year's) miracle.

kballard88 said...

Emilie, this is my first time blogging, but your story has touched me and I felt driven to comment. I have a close friend with leiomyosarcoma and have been researching for several months in an effort to at least try to understand what she is going through. We are currently trying to control the progression of her mets (lungs and liver) with a vegan diet. I've not seen anywhere on your blog yet about The China Study or any interest in diet. But I thought it might be worth a mention. (if you are interested in this, another book is The Cancer Battle Plan) My friend, too, did not respond well to chemo and is trying to avoid going that route again. She has another CT scan tomorrow, so we should know by the end of the week whether or not her diet is working. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Piccinigirl said...

A nice deep breath...what every mom with little children (and big children) needs. :)

I am so happy to read this; so glad you are breathing..deeply.

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