Debi Posted July 4, 2006 Share Posted July 4, 2006 Holy crap! I went to the Pulmonary Specialist today and it is the first time that I actually got to see my chest xray since surgery. SO, I'm looking at what looks like a normal everyday xray of someone with 2 lungs and I said to him, Doctor- are you sure this is my xray? And he said yes, its yours. I said to him, "but I only have my bottom lobe, this looks normal" and then he told me that your lung tends to expand and take over whatever room there is in the chest cavity. All along, I'm walking around thinking I have this little bitty bottom lobe and all this empty space and I have NO empty space. If I got in a pool I could actually float on my back without listing to one side. I look like a 2 lunged woman with 2 whole lungs. Is that awesome or what? So I tell my son,just to make conversation, just because I thought he would think it wierd. Immediately his eyes light up, and he can't stop smiling. He had this air of wonder, his excitement totally blew me away, he couldn't believe that it had filled up the space, he was so relieved. He said he was so happy my lung came back, and he didn't even have to worry anymore and protect me from other people's smoke because my lung came back and my cancer was gone. It didn't stop there of course. He proceeded to tell anyone that crossed his path, with the same excitement as if he had just seen Santa Clause, that his mom's lung grew back (of course this drew some strange looks). Seriously though, I am just shocked. I don't talk about my cancer every day or about my lung. So for those of you that don't want to speak to your children about certain things, just a reminder, they already think about them. And also, how come I didn't already know this about my lung? Jeesh. And a question. Does this mean that my lung is functioning like a whole lung now?? OR is it just minimally functioning as a lower lobe that just took up more room??? I know I should have asked the doctor more but I sensed I had reached that unspoken limit of questions line and I stopped (don't ask me why) . Anyway, does anyone know what happens when it does this? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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