A New Recruit

On Friday I went back in for a follow-up with Dr. Lungs.  Again, my friend Spawn of Doctors accompanied me and I’m sure – due to our old-married-couple behaviour at the best of times and the fact that she has accompanied me on all my visits to his office — he by now thinks we’re a particularly chic, yet closeted, lesbian couple.  I’m fine with that – I think it ups my hip factor and makes us all feel like we’re on an episode of The L Word – which in this case could stand for “Leanne” or even “Lungs.” Cooool.

This is not the point of this post, of course.  The point is Dr.Lungs was his usual fantastic self and balanced the facts + humane-ness of perfect bedside manner superlatively, once again. When I asked how bad this cough could get and what to expect, he said reassuring and confident things like “I am not convinced that the metastatic spots in your lungs are causing your cough.” This I took to be kind of a bold stance; “Eff you cancer, you’re not going to stare down this respirologist!” No, siree, this good man is not slacking off and leaving it to the chemo to take care of my cough — he is still looking at kicking its butt and preventing it from becoming yet another discomfort, another cancer reminder for me.

Which basically means I left with some weird nasal stuff to squirt up my nose, as Dr. Lungs thinks it might just stop the coughing. Or maybe not, but either way we’ve got another recruit for my army! Welcome aboard, Dr. Lungs, thanks for the nose squirty stuff and the determination.



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4 responses to “A New Recruit

  1. Catherine

    Just wanted to let you know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. May this Christmas be wonderful for you and your family and just one of many that are yet to come for you as a family. You will make it and you will be well. My heart feels this very strongly.

  2. Gwen

    I hope tomorrow’s treatment goes well and that you have no side effects, so that you can enjoy a lovely Christmas with your family. You all truly deserve it. I am hoping to hear that the squirty med is having the desired result and that your cough has improved or, better still, vanished, never to return!

  3. Susie Q

    Leanne, my family and I wish your family and you the best of Christmas wonder, joy and peace. Please keep up your strength to fight! You have so much to fight for! You are so brave, so beautiful, so articulate, so funny, so…need I say more. So many people, known to you and unknown to you are rooting for you and love you.
    Have a happy Christmas. Take the day “off”. You deserve it! Take care. xo

  4. Doona


    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday. Thanks for educating us about your journey. Best wishes for the season. Take care and am sending lots of good vibes your way.

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