Raeann Blake (Author)

Ramblings from Raeann

How it is…

Posted by Raeann Blake (Author) on July 2, 2013

sick2So…I’m pretty sure you probably all thought I died or something. I apologize for not being around. I am still breathing…most of the time. I’m not sure I’ve ever specifically spelled it out before, but I have severe COPD with very little lung function left. This whole process of learning to cope with the disease, the side effects of the medication, the treatments, tests, depression, and an overwhelming anxiety has been just more than I could bear and truly interact with all of you. I cannot promise you that it is going to get any better although the doctors seem to at least for now have a handle on the anxiety to the point that it’s not just completely debilitating anymore. But I face many struggles coming soon and as I reach each one, I can’t tell you what will happen then. There are many tests yet to be done and we have already taken the first step of many towards the recommended lung transplant. And if that happens, that’s a whole different road to go down once the surgery is done.

I am not a fan of sharing too much personal information either on the web or even in person. Some things just seem to be better kept private. The state of my health has always been one of those things, but I think my readers should know what is happening. I’m hoping that posting a few updates here will not only update you but could be therapeutic for me. I can’t promise you that I’ll update it every day. In fact I can almost guarantee you that I won’t. And I can’t promise you that I’ll update it every time something happens. Each setback tends to push me farther inside myself and it is usually days or even weeks before I can discuss it with anyone. I still want to respond to each of you individually when you post here or on FB, but it just might not be possible or may be a while coming.

I’m not doing this for everyone to try to cheer me up or send me ‘be strong’ quotes for the day or anything like that. I’m doing this for me. Although there is no cure for COPD, I want to get better. And if writing things out helps me mentally or emotionally then that is a positive step. And if it keeps you updated on the progress of the books then that’s another benefit.

I’ve tried so hard to get back into my writing. I only have a little bit left to do on the final pass-through of Davis before it will be ready to go, but I have had so little interest in anything at all that it is very difficult to get myself to sit down and get started. I’ve been trying to write this post for over a month now and finally managed it. Maybe that’s a good sign that I’m ready to start back.

If I can just get a little healthier I just know that all the things that used to interest me will start to come back. I have to get my weight back up again. I weighed 97 pounds when they first put me in the hospital and I had gained up to 107 at one point. But I’m back to 97 now. It’s so difficult to force food down your throat that just tastes burned. Some of the medications have killed my taste buds and there are only a few things that I can taste at all. So I have no appetite but have to eat and drink nutritional supplements to try to get my weight back up. And then my physical ability has waned again since I’ve missed so much of my pulmonary rehab while we were struggling to control the anxiety. Bottom line is that I don’t weigh enough and I’m not strong enough for a lung transplant now, so that is the number one priority at this point.

On the up side, I am breathing better right now than I have in months as long as I’m not engaging in any physical activity. (Update…I was until another exacerbation sent me back to the ER on Saturday…doing fair now.) I know that sounds sort of stupid, but when you can’t even breathe freely while sitting in a chair for several months and now you can, it’s a big deal even if a weather front comes through or some other trigger crops up and messes it up again tomorrow. I’m lying down to sleep again and I’m turning the TV and lights off at night again. That was mostly a side effect of the anxiety.  I still haven’t been back on the bike but once since the last setback, but to ride again anytime, anywhere is one of my goals.

If you are inclined to follow these sparse update posts, I can promise you a lot of bitching, whining, and just generally feeling sorry for myself. Hopefully those days will be balanced with ones where I can express that I really do know how lucky I am to still be here and remember to see the good things along with the bad.

While you are so patiently waiting on the rest of The Seven Brothers of Elko, remember there are so many gifted authors out there. Some are established and some are brand new. Yes, there are some that are not so great, but keep searching. There are diamonds in the rough. Happy Reading!.

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9 Responses to “How it is…”

  1. andreabonar@yahoo.com said

    My heart goes out to you. Thanks for the update. Thank you for sharing your talent and heart and soul. God bless.

  2. Susan Kane said

    This is not meant as a “buck up little camper” comment but to sincerely convey that I have been, and continue to, pray for you. Just wanted to let you know that you, your health and your family are being lifted up!

  3. I know that you do not want some words, but I have been where your spouse is now. I lost my husband of 33 years to bone cancer and COPD 4 years ago . At first I didn’t know what it was and I watched him every day struggle. I’m not writing this to scare anyone or.as a feel sorry for me. But as your fan of your books I know how you do feel. Family and your health are the most important thing in life. I will continue to pray for you and some of my other authors who have mention that they have been really ill. Please take of your self..

  4. Marie Huston said

    Thank you for taking the time for doing this update. And with a middle sister with this same disease and the next to youngest sister recovering from double lung transplant because of IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) August 2012, I know what your are dealing with. Prayers for you and your family. God is with you.

  5. Just know that we will listen to your complaints and your triumphs that is what good friends are for we will pray for you and cry and laugh with you what ever you feel just know that we are here rooting for you to get better. You have touch so many lives through your writing as I am sure you have on a personal level and know that know matter what we will be here to support you every step of the way. We love you and hope that you get better soon.

  6. Alice Johnson said

    Glad you let us know what is going on. I am an Asthmatic,(for the past 35 years) just recently diagnosed with COPD… I still think Pulmonary Spec is wrong ;) It was 2nd hand smoke that caused my problems, so can relate to a degree, especially with the Nebulizer, other meds. Will pray for you, He is always there!

  7. I’m thinking of you, it’s all I can say and probably the only thing you need to hear.

  8. I will enter you on our international prayer chain today, Raeann. Hang in there, you are valued.

  9. Raeann, Thank you so much for caring about your readers and letting us know what you are going through. As you say, sometimes just writing it out helps the writer so feel free to share your feelings. There is no judging here. We’ll be here when you are able to get back to your writing.

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