Bronchoscopy

So I got a phone call from my Pulmonary doctor yesterday asking me if I was ready for my bronchoscopy today. I knew we were going to schedule one, but I hadn’t heard back from him on when, so this came as something of a surprise. Seems he left a message on our machine that we apparently missed.

Going into the hospital this afternoon. Should be a fairly routine procedure. They’re going to anesthetize me groggy, but not out, and then stick a tube into my bronchial passageways to see how they look. I’m trying not to dwell too much on the tube-sticking part. When it’s over, I go home, then get to lounge around on the couch, letting the anesthesia run its course through my system. I expect there will be napping.

I’m not supposed to eat or drink anything. Midnight was the last time I could put anything in my stomach. I drank a lot of water then so I could put off dehydration for as long as possible. Now, I’m fighting to not to dwell on food. And coffee. I’m really craving coffee.

I’m not phobic about hospitals or medical procedures, but they’re not my favorite things either.


Writing Stuff:

Cranked out another 1000 words on the fantasy piece. Trying to figure out where I want to go with this. There’s enough of a story burbling around in my head to extend it out to a longer work–novelette or novella–if I wanted to. But at the same time, I could also wrap this up within normal short story lengths if I kept it bare bones. Ponder ponder ponder.

Saw on the Nightshade discussion board that next up at Sci-Fiction will be a novella co-written by Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin, and Daniel Abraham. Ellen Datlow is publishing it as a serial in three parts. It’ll be interesting reviewing this one. Also, there was a little commentary on my Tangent reviews, which is cool. Nice to know I’m being read.

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6 Responses to Bronchoscopy

  1. britzkrieg says:

    You probably won’t read this reply until tonight at the earliest, so I’ll just say that I hope everything went well! Unlike you, I’m phobic about medical procedures, so I cringe at the idea of a bronchoscopy. Hopefully this procedure will provide information that will help with your treatment. Good luck!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks! Everything went fine. Good news, nothing seems to be wrong. Bad news, they still don’t know what’s causing my breathing issues, or more to the point, how to alleviate them. Stress now seems to be topping the list, though.

  2. mouseferatu says:

    I’ve had a bronchoscopy before. It’s not pleasant, but it’s far from the most awful thing ever. You’ll do fine. :-)

    Crossing all fingers but the injured one that this leads you to better answers.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Actually, I don’t remember any of it. I am informed that I was awake through the procedure, had conversations and responded to questions, but I don’t remember much beyond the lidocaine up the nose, for which I am thankful. Wobbly, but thankful.

  3. ex_girlmech says:

    hope that everything goes well, doll.
    and that icon of you and hobkin is adorable! did you make it?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks! Everything seems to have gone dandy. Can’t remember a thing, which I prefer when it comes to funky medical stuffs.

      that icon of you and hobkin is adorable! did you make it?

      Yepper! At THIS spiffy site. A fun way to whittle away a few hours.

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