Rich was born with tracheo-oesophageal fistula at birth. It means that his wind pipe was connected to his food pipe. He had a major op the day after he was born to repair it. The next 7 years were very difficult but Siobhan and I got through it. He would choke on his food or drink and need to sick it out. Little Siobhan was 3 years old and had made herself bin lid removal officer. Every time he looked like he was choking, she would remove the bin lid so I could put my fingers down his throat and make him sick up the offending piece of food or drink.
21 years later..... I have the same condition!!! The Dr's have checked my 2006 CT scan....and its there!!
I was absolutley blown away when I had the barium swallow and the radiographer showed me the images. I shrieked, "thats tracheo oesophageal fistula!!!"
I will be adding a picture as I managed to pursuade the Dr to let me have one.
With every thing else, I have had acute pharyngitis. It is a throat infection. I lost my voice for 6 days, my oncologist didn't know I was in hospital and started me on steroids, which he had already advised me to take if I was coughing too much, the throat is a lot better but the larynx is still swollen which means I am still coughing a lot. I have been told by my friends and daughter to try and slow down on all the work I do for Meso. By the way, my meso is stable.
Just thought I should add that little bit... : )
I have had a good sleep as I got out of hospital at around 6:30pm and have woken up at 11:00pm. I am having a hot drink and then back to bed.
Many thanks for all your good wishes and a very special thank you to Suzi for the card and to Pat for the pink champagne..... People ...you are amazing x x x x