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I started with the smoker’s cough…

I started with the smoker’s cough, then I would get bronchitis/pneumonia. That was about 40? Now I have been intubated, tubes down my throat, arm tied to the bed rails in the ICU 5 days, wake up you have panic because of the tubes you want to tank them out but you can’t. You’re panicking all this time, choking trying to get those hands so you can pull them out.

I’ve had rectal bleeding, lost 6 liters the first time, it happened more times. I have had 22 liters of blood, I had a tube put up my nose and had to swallow it, that was for the stomach. I have a fistula in my colon, a hole that leaks stool into my body then I would get septic. Many people die from this, I had it many times. 2 more times ICU, I just had a pick line in my arm, many many times but this one was 7 months antibiotic. I have very thin skin if I scratch my arms they bleed. Mother/father/uncle died from lung cancer, my wife had lung cancer 10 months ago – cancer free to this point. They cut off the bottom of her lung.

I am now starting to have trouble eating, can’t breathe well. Sometimes a tiny little piece of hamburger will stay in my throat. When I got septic I had antibiotics 4 times a day. There’s lots more but I am very tired now. Go to YouTube and type in Grainger Hebshie, that is me 4 months ago. I hope I did not bore anyone but you asked and I want to help anyone I can. God bless us all.

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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi graingerhebshie and thanks so much for sharing your extensive and complex medical story. You’ve been through an awful lot, that’s very clear. You faced many challenges already with evidently, still more ahead of you. Rest assured, you did NOT bore us – it’s always beneficial to hear about other’s journeys, such as yours.
    If there is anything we can assist you with, please let me or any other moderator/team member know.
    All the best to you,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi graingerhebshie! You have certainly survived a lot of challenging issues! You really described intubation very well, from the patient’s perspective. It can definitely be very frightening and painful to wake up with tubes down your throat. Many of your issues are ones that members of our community can relate to. I thought you might appreciate this piece on eating issues, in light of your recent problems with swallowing —

    It sounds like you are quite the fighter and I am glad that COPD hasn’t gotten the best of you!

    Thank you for sharing and I am very glad to have you here. Have a good night! Best, Erin, Team Member.

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