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Fri, Jun 12 4:18pm · Vocal Cord dysfunction? in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Thanks for your tips, they are very much appreciated. I do have a steam humidifier & use it before bedtime. The problem, as you might imagine, is that no air can get past my vocal cords until the spasm passes. But if it happens again, I shall try. The humidifier is set up by my bed & ready to use.
This is a horrific condition- I can only hope the dr. can help before it happens again.

Thu, Jun 11 7:58pm · Vocal Cord dysfunction? in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Has anyone had a very frightening episode, very similar to drowning, where your vocal cords spasm, and close? No air can get in your lungs and it literally feels like you will die without air.
This has happened 3 times, a long (several years or months) time between attacks. It lasts about 2-3 minutes but of course feels much longer.
I do have appointment with a ENT dr. in several weeks, but am frightened it will happen again before I see him.
Any exercise or preventative hints?

Fri, May 1 9:52am · Telemedicine: How to make the most of a virtual doctor visit in COVID-19

John & Teresa:
We must live close to each other Teresa, but my area– in between Ann Arbor & Jackson is a "dead" zone. We are eventually in the far future supposed to have broadband access, but it has stalled and the company in charge was fired & the new company is slow as molasses. Maybe next year!
The infrastructure is of course a big problem, we have no grants, just an expensive tax to do the start up. But so many foul-ups and bad weather & now the "Death Virus", has caused numerous delays. I really don't expect it for a long time, if at all.
I spent much time at the U of M, & the best part was the long drive. (Won't go into my problems with their Cancer Clinic.) Good luck with the magic tele-visit!

Fri, May 1 7:42am · Telemedicine: How to make the most of a virtual doctor visit in COVID-19

I see nothing here about the fact that many people in the U.S. are not able to do this magical tele-doctor-thing!
We do not have high speed broadband computer access. Nope. many of us rural folks have very limited computer access. Kids
can't do homework, people can't "work from home", we are lucky to be able to simply read & write our emails, period.
We do have telephones, and can just talk to a dr. or nurse, but that's all.
So you people with all the fancy-schmancy devices and unlimited access are lucky, but remember not all of our country is hooked up!

Thu, Feb 13 8:35am · Pain management in Chronic Pain

VOTE!

Fri, Jan 17 7:33am · Cancerous spot not healing?? in Cancer

My nose is still healing & still covered by Vaseline & bandage. It looks better than it did at first, thankfully, & the surgeon said perhaps sanding it will help the raised area. He put something in to help the swelling. I would rather have a bump there than a depression, it would look a bit more normal. I think that keeping a surgical site covered & moist is the the best way to keep scarring at a minimum.
Has anyone tried those ointments that are supposed to help eliminate scars?

Thu, Jan 16 8:27am · I've had 3 cancers: Thyroid cancer, Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer in Cancer

I've also had multiple cancers, and not related to each other. Melanoma. Angiosarcoma, and a GIST. Also, and within a short time span, a large number of pre-cancer tumors which were surgically removed. That was a few years ago. Presently, I am having numerous skin cancers.
My doctors were not at all amazed or surprised, or even worried! But then, I had the bad luck of going to a very large teaching hospital where patient care was secondary and quite poor. Nevertheless, I managed to recover.
I do have a friend who is a cancer researcher in a cancer research facility; when I told him my history, he was sure it was no doubt a gene which gave me the pre-disposition for multiple cancers. He is interesting in testing, which is a lot more than my former doctors!

Dec 19, 2019 · Cancerous spot not healing?? in Cancer

I am now recovering from Moh's surgery several weeks ago on my nose for Basal Cell Cancer. It was a a sore that would not heal. The surgery was quite large and deep, and I will probably have to have a skin graft or plastic surgery of some sort on it as it is VERY disfiguring. I feel totally discouraged and maimed.
This is the 3rd Moh's on my face. I had another on my leg and major surgery for a huge Melanoma on my arm many years ago.
I also have had several sarcomas and other serious cancers. Obviously there is a bad cancer gene in my DNA!
Thanks for your concern.