Ever Heard of a Tracheal Stenosis?

I hadn’t either until last week. My breathing problems since late 2008 became markedly worse after my eye removal surgery in February. Finally I was able to see a pulmonologist who immediately had a diagnosis. It took exactly one week to go from his tentative diagnosis to an operating room.

A tracheal stenosis is a narrowing of the trachea which can be idiopathic in causation, from accident, chemical exposure, or intubation. In my case, they don’t have a handle on the initial cause, but suspect intubation during my eye surgery exacerbating an existing stenosis making things go from bad to horrible. By the time of the surgery, I was breathing through a hole 3 millimeters in diameter.

I am home doing the couch and book thing while I recover. There’s no serious pain, but I do have no energy. Fighting for breath over the past few months has drained me thoroughly and probably been the reason I haven’t recovered from the eye surgery. I am taking some time to rest including a break from blogging until June 2nd.

Hopefully I’ll be back better than ever.

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About Jen

After acquiring a degree from Vassar College in psychology, I moved to Western Mass where I ran a peer mentoring network for disabled college students as well as activism and organizing around disability issues. I also conducted research on disabled women’s body image. An Upstate New York native, I eventually followed my heliotropic nature to the sun of Southern California. I divide my time between writing (disability fiction and essays) along with moderating San Diego Bisexual Forum which is one of the oldest groups of its kind in the country. In my off hours I can often be found in my neighborhood live music venue enjoying our local talent.

2 thoughts on “Ever Heard of a Tracheal Stenosis?

  1. Carrie,
    Thanks for the well-wishes. This recovery has been far less insane than the last. Being able to walk, talk, and breath without a struggle has been miraculous.

    I love knowing who’s out there lurking. Thanks for revealing yourself.
    Jen

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