How Writing Exposed My Oxygen Deprivation

Please bear with me because this sounds like it’s going to be an odd post (and it’s a bit long), but it’ll make sense in the end. This is a cautionary tale about compromised judgement and oxygen deprivation and how a draft turned into written evidence.

A little background.
In 2009 I was incorrectly diagnosed with COPD while living in Wyoming. Despite arguing with doctors for a year I was ultimately hospitalized for a month. While there I was correctly diagnosed with Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (caused by a bacterial infection), though it took a trip to Denver in late 2010 to save my life. Back in Wyoming, more poor treatment followed (including telling me inhalers wouldn’t help my condition … remember that, it’s important).

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Me at a doctor’s visit in July 2016. Photo: CA Hawthorne

In 2014 I relocated to Montana, but required a referral to see a pulmonologist. New battles with new doctors ensued, along with insufficient, band-aid treatments. Sick again in early autumn 2016, I was (again) given insufficient treatment and a follow-up appointment scheduled for that December.

Determined to obtain my referral, I started logging my oxygen saturation readings. For perspective, healthy readings are typically in the upper nineties. Below 89% is considered dangerous. At that prior visit it took the entire session for my saturation to reach a safe level, yet it was shrugged off and I was given a limited supply of prednisone. Sure enough, soon after it ran out my condition rapidly worsened…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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