Hi, everyone! I got good news and bad news on the medical front this week. I had a chest xray just as a standard test and they found a spot. Thump thump goes the heart of this 35 year smoker (quit 6 yrs ago). We do a CT Scan and send me off to a lung doctor.
When I was 25 my lung collapsed. I was sitting watching TV and the next moment I couldn't catch my breath. After a zillion questions from a bazillion docs, nobody knew why. I worried about it happening again for several years. But, it didn't happen and I quit thinking about it. I still write it out on every medical history form, though. So I was telling the lung doc about this before she reviewed the CT Scan.
She looked at the scan and told me the lesion was nothing. Good news! She decided it's scar tissue from a cold or something like that.
Bad news! She found the reason my lung collapsed. I have this 'dead area' at the top of my lung - the tissue isn't absorbing oxygen anymore from the air so it just kind of sits there in this pocket. Almost no one gets these things. And most of them never know they have it or have a problem with it. However, sometimes they leak - bam. Down goes the lung. (When your lung springs a leak, the air settles between your lung and chest wall. Once it's out there, your lung can't take in any more air because it's squished.)
She thinks that is probably what happened then. AND, the going forward bad news is that I should be paying attention to air pressure for cripes sake. If I had ever gone sky diving or scuba diving, it probably would have collapsed again (wouldn't THAT be bad timing!) Air planes ok. Hiking in Denver not ok. Hiking around Phoenix OK (elevation 1,100). Driving up to Flagstaff (9,000 feet) without a mid-way stop for my lung to acclimate not OK.
It blows me away that I have been very very lucky that something hasn't happened since 1978!
(She said, "I'm surprised they didn't see that on the CT Scan." Me, "in 1978 they didn't have CT Scans." Blank look from the 30 year old. "Oh, well, you couldn't see it as well on an MRI, but still they should have seen it." Me: "There weren't any MRIs in 1978, either!" She: "It would be very hard to see it on an xray." Me: "and that's why they didn't find it, duh."
This isn't an issue for exercising, thankfully.
Those who think they have no time for a healthy lifestyle will sooner or later will have to find time for illness.