I remember it well The day after Christmas 2008. I was going to go upstairs to bed. I felt something go in my chest.Then I couldn,t breathe. and then my heart did wierd things in my chest. Turns out it was a sponteneous pneumothorax of my right lung. I was brought to the hospital. They cut my chest through the rib cage and inserted a tube hooked to a plastic "cabinet" that kept the lung inflated. I laid in the hospital like this for 2 weeks. The hole healed and then tore healed then tore once again. They finally told me I needed surgery to remove a piece of the right lung(upper lobe). Surgery came and went. 2 days in ICU and then 3 days in a regular room. Success. I remember when they took the tube out of my chest. I was on morphine (patient controlled) there were 2 nurses at me feet to hold them down and 1 nurse and 1 dr. to hold me and pull the tube. The pain was so bad I literally cried. 2 days later I was home. Its been a long process but I play coed softball, play outside with the kids etc. The reason I am writing this this because the Lord and the doctors gave me a second chance. DID I MENTION I WAS A SMOKER? DID I MENTION I QUIT 5 MONTHS BEFORE THIS HAPPENED? Dont smoke. Please avoid the hurting for you and all the hurting your family goes thru. please quit today
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