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    Renheren wrote on 2bbcontinued's wall

    I was hospitalized for 5 weeks and 4 days. 17 days of which were in a medically induced coma. They discovered internal bleeding after I was in the recovery room after the initial surgery and when they re-opened me and repaired the bleed something went wrong though I'm still not exactly clear on what happened. I spent a few weeks in re-hab learning to eat and walk. The long term effect was that as a result of the intubation I suffered VFP (vocal fold paralysis) and my right vocal cord is still paralyzed. I also lost thr caps on my upper front teeth. It was a miserable experience but I'm getting my health back slowly. Hope you are doing well and your recovery is on track. Thanks for writing.

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      2bbcontinued

      Hi, when I came out of my coma I also had vocal cord paralysis. Sent me to an ENT doctor. He told me the damage was not done by having to be vented 4 times. He said it was caused by the surgery. Said there is a nerve that runs along our vocal cords. It runs down our chest and to the diaphram. Said that nerve was damaged or cut during the surgery. It can also cause paralysis of the diaphram on that side for some people. I haven't even checked into that yet, Want to get my voice fixed first if they can, oh and survive the cancer.

      about 4 years ago
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      Renheren

      I also saw an ENT and he seemed certain thr paralysis was caused by the intubation. Not much I can do about it but like you my main concern is surviving the cancer.

      about 4 years ago
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    Thanks-appreciate your words.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lobectomy): Comatose for 17 days following surgery.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I have no one to blame but myself

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