Dear Darling, Happy Valentine's Day. It has been three years and two months since I have kissed you. I miss you, Babe. I dream of you often. As the years have passed~ Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter continue to flow as scheduled. The children are growing, fine young people. Our home, still safe and comforting. The river so surreal, a beautiful gift everyday. Sunrise and sunsets, with birds flying and making sounds. The fish jumping upon waves of diamonds. Clouds, kissed by light, whisper and beckon .
The Stars, though, as beautiful as they are, To me, do not shine as brightly. However, the Moon, is as mystical and glowing~ as ever before. Blooming and ever-changing, like a Rose.
I could go on and on. Words really can't explain the transformations that occur moment by moment in the daily life. For You, words do not have to. You penetrate my heart, existing in all that my senses allow. ~~~Breathing~~~
“There is a time for departure, even when there is no certain place to go.”
****Hello, this is Breathing, I just wanted to Thank You for all the support you have given to Pulmonary Fibrosis, as well as me. My 'counter' indicates 13,208 people have come to my blog, from many different countries. I hope our family's experience has helped to raise awareness. I do know this blog has helped me through such a difficult time. I have shared with you our experience and have never held back, because most of this I typed in 'real-time'. Now, I have transformed a bit since my husband's passing. Not too much, but just enough to somehow realize that I have many thoughts that are better realized in my own time. I will not post as much here, but anything that seems newsworthy to our cause will not be ignored. Thank You my beautiful friends. You show support just by coming here and reading this:
The word "pulmonary" means “lung” and the word "fibrosis" means scar tissue – similar to scars that you may have on your skin from an old injury or surgery. So, in its simplest sense, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. But, pulmonary fibrosis is more serious than just having a scar in your lung. In PF, the scar tissue builds up in the walls of the air sacs of the lungs, and eventually the scar tissue makes it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause you to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising.
Also, pulmonary fibrosis isn’t just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike (see “Causes and Symptoms” below). The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the “interstitial lung diseases.” Some interstitial lung diseases don't include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease includes scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis.
The most common symptoms of PF are cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may be mild or even absent early in the disease process. As the lungs develop more scar tissue, symptoms worsen. Shortness of breath initially occurs with exercise, but as the disease progresses patients may become breathless while taking part in everyday activities, such as showering, getting dressed, speaking on the phone, or even eating.
Due to a lack of oxygen in the blood, some people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may also have “clubbing” of the fingertips. Clubbing is a thickening of the flesh under the fingernails, causing the nails to curve downward. It is not specific to IPF and occurs in other diseases of the lungs, heart, and liver, and can also be present at birth.
Other common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
- Chronic dry, hacking cough
- Fatigue and weakness
- Discomfort in the chest
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is here to help you understand what it means to have pulmonary fibrosis. You can always reach us through our Patient Communication Center at 844.Talk.PFF or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~~~~For my Baby, On Valentine's Day~~~~
"FIELDS OF GOLD"