TODAY ONLY: BREATHE
by Reiki master Darlene Crowley
I did not know that forty per cent of my lung had collapsed. I only knew I was a hospice patient at the time, on oxygen, feeling extreme heaviness in my chest.
Even after four or five nebulizer treatments, when my cousin called, I could hardly speak.
“Shall I call an ambulance?” she asked.
“Yessss,” I whispered.
More nebulizer treatments as I was rushed to the hospital, then the hustle and bustle of admittance to the hospice unit. As my doctor gave me the news, he reminded me I’d been fighting a long time.
I had a rare cancer in two-thirds of both my lungs, and emphysema in the rest. One disease inhibited me from inhaling, and the other inhibited me from exhaling.
My doctor said unfortunately there was nothing that could be done, reminding me that I’d had cancer more than ten years. He said both my lungs were too hard to inflate. (Inflating the lungs after a collapse is a possibility in situations like this.)
He also said it was time for me to realize my time had come.
“No,” I said. “I’ll know when it’s my time, and this is not it!” When I told him I would be fine, he said I was in denial, that it was now time for me to accept things as they were. Again I said, “I will be fine. I’ll practice self-Reiki.”
During the next 2 weeks, you couldn’t pry my hands from my chest. I was discharged to go home because there was nothing more the hospital could do for me.
The next day my visiting nurse arrived, and started by recording my vitals. After going from top to bottom, she sat in the chair and asked, “Darlene, it was on the right side, right?”
I smiled and said, “Yes.”
My nurse said, “I hear breaths all the way down into both your lungs.” We jumped up, hugged, and I thanked God.
She said, “Your lung has repaired itself. That doesn’t happen.”
I said, “Oh, but it has TODAY!”
We laughed and held each other in joy. I love her so much. Ms. Betty McKay. She’s been with me all the way.
Click here to read the letter from Vitas discharging Dee from hospice care on June 19, 2007.
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