Submitted by Laura on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 3:54pm
Wednesday - rehab day! I am feeling a little better about going to rehab this week now that my horrendous cough seems to be subsiding. I started a course of oral antibiotics last week in hopes they would help me, so I wouldn't have to go on IV's. My mom has also been pounding my chest once a day and it has helped me cough up all the mucus that has been causing my cough. Yay!
Last night while we were doing my pounding, at 6:30 pm, the phone rang and the caller ID said "Loyola Medicine"....my heart stopped and I began to sweat. No medical offices are open past 5 pm usually.....so IS THIS THE CALL??? I answered with a very weak "Hello?" and it was my procurement nurse. He was just checking in with me and letting me know his last day was Friday, so my care would be transferred to another nurse. Whew....that was my first 'scare' in getting 'the call'. He let me know that I am probably #1 or 2 on the list and that really I could get a call any day (depending who is listed higher than me at Univ of Chicago). Time to pack my hospital bag! =)
Now for something more lighthearted. Most cystic patients I have met or talked to have a tendency to clear their throats a lot - I don't even hear myself anymore. Joe finds this awfully handy when we're separated in the store, he just listens for my throat clearing. So, I wonder, after transplant, will I still clear my throat? Will I do it not because phlegm is there, but because it has become a subconscious habit? I really think that I will stop doing it, but who knows. Joe jokes that it is our mating call so I should not stop. I think it's time for a new mating call!!!!!
Happy hump day!