Persistent Infiltrate R Lung

This is what the diagnosis said on the emergency facesheet, after I got my post-pneumonia chest film taken at work.

The atelectasis in the left lower lobe has resolved. The right, not so much. There’s a bit of fluff there, a dab of whatnot, a smudge, a blot, an unknowable Something or Other.  There is no good reason for this fragment of whatever. It’s enough, though, for a referral to a respirologist (my respirologist, in fact) for a bronchoscopy, which is where the good physician put a cable of fibre optics and tiny little collection instruments down my gaw to visualize the various tube and tubules in the lungs, and it is exactly as pleasant as I describe it.

I’m not scared, exactly. Foolishly or not I don’t know enough to be frightened. How can it be otherwise? It’s still ill-defined Thing. It could be nothing or it could be Hell. But suddenly, issues of vast import seem trivial. Federal election, who cares? Taxes return — next week, if I get to it.

Maybe I will have a little Moment later, with tissues.  But not right now.

Important: spouse, friends, cats, dogs, garden, family, writing. Today the rest can rot.

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On the other hand, I was able to help a close friend successfully navigate a particular dangerous place in his health in relation to the health care system today.  Which leads me to a Profound, Trite, Reflection, that bad things tend to happen to people without cause or justice, but we each author what good things can happen to others.

And no, I’m not Pollyanna.


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  1. #1 by Terri C on Monday 18 April 2011 - 1300

    Everything crossed for you…

  2. #2 by Jenn Jilks on Monday 18 April 2011 - 1317

    I love it when you speak medicalese!

    You take care. Keep us posted.

  3. #3 by Boris on Monday 18 April 2011 - 1332

    What Terri said.

  4. #4 by nurseXY on Monday 18 April 2011 - 1356


    Here’s hoping your Thing is noThing.

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