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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Uppin' the Oxygen

Hello World!

Everytime I tell people I'm feeling better than I have in a while, BAM disaster strikes! I just had clinic Monday, it went well - Lungs are stable, weight is good. No problems. Tuesday - Uneventful, slept a lot. Wednesday I had a transplant check-up. Again Lungs good and weight good. Thursday BAM! Everything came to a crashing halt while I was out at a store!

I went out to do a little shopping. Grabbed a snack at Burger King and headed to Kmart. I was just looking to buy some plastic totes for my 'Gutting the Basement' project. Inside I found a pair of everyday boots. Yay! O and no totes. Anywho, as I was checking out and leaving my chest started to feel really tight and it was hard to breathe. I had my O2 on, 3L but still felt like I couldn't catch my breathe. Well now I start to panic a little because well that just me. I'm a panicer. I get to my car, which is parked fairly close thanks to my handicap pass (life saver!) and struggle a little to get the key in, finally open the door, frantically find my inhaler because I stupid didn't have in ON me, just WITH me. Then the most embarrassing part.... I peed myself. Right there in the parking lot. I just lost bladder control - apparently its common when your O2 drops, which is good to know. I climbed in my car, coughing and struggling and still peeing - hoping no one saw anything! Out loud told myself to relax and took some real deep breaths.

I took out my Oximeter and checked my levels, O2 was mid 80s and Heart rate was over 150. WOOOO! I immediately call my doctor and chat it up with them and find out what I need to do. Everything calmed down while I was on the phone. The plan was to up the oxygen and take it easy! If it happened again I was to call 911. Are you kidding, 911??? I scare easy and that shizz is scary. The very next call was of course to my Mom. My Mom is my 911.

So I sat in the parking lot for like 20 minutes and just collected myself then went home. SO my simple trip to Kmart ended up being quite the... adventure? Sheesh. Nothing can just be simple.

Breathe Easy


  1. I'm glad nothing more serious happened, that must have been scary. Don't feel too bad, I totally peed myself when I was pregnant with J. <3

  2. *soft paw* That was awful scary to read about *wide eyes* and must've been very frightening while it was happening. Don't worry about peeing yourself - if that's the worst that happened then that's OK ! *face licks* #pawcircle #healingpaw