How It All Started:
About a year ago, shortly after we moved to Washington Hubby started having problems breathing. It got so bad that he was sent to the ER where they ran a battery of tests on him. It scared us quite a bit for sure.
To make matters worse he began to struggle with the running portion of the PT test. If you are familiar with the military then you know that if a soldier cannot pass the PT test then not only can he not get promoted but he also cannot proceed with a career in the military.
That’s when hubby began to see a pulmonologist who ran test after test and threw medicine after medicine at him with no results. Meanwhile hubby still could not pass a PT test.
Starting The Med. Board Process:
Fast forward a year and the doctor decided that hubby needed to go before a Med Board. At first we were told that this process works by hubby seeing specialist after specialist both part of the military sector and the civilian sector for 6 to 18 months. If there is still no improvement then the doctors will assemble and decide how much disability hubby has and whether they want to put him on a walking profile (basically, he just walks really fast for the PT test instead of running) or medically discharge him.
Despite all of this we refuse to look at it as a bad situation, but simply a bump to overcome. Instead of only relying on the military we have looked to other specialists on our own dime to find out what could be wrong with hubby that the other doctors were not looking at.
What We’ve Found Ourselves So Far:
That’s why we decided to see a chiropractor where we found that hubby had a ton of scar tissue around his top left lung (which is the one that he says gives him the most problems). They think that he probably broke his lung some time in the past and that’s what caused the scar tissue and is now irritating his lungs. Thank goodness hubby has a good massage therapist who has been working on releasing that scar tissue for the last couple of weeks.
The Moment Of Truth:
Then hubby’s doctor dropped a bomb on us: he said about 3-4 weeks ago that if hubby couldn’t pass a PT test between 4 and 6 weeks then he will request that he is medically discharged. Hubby is scheduled to do his PT test TOMORROW (Please pray for us!!!)!!!
For at least 2 weeks hubby has been working with some very athletic people who have been training him in all areas of the PT test, but particularly in the runny portion. What gives me hope is that hubby has said that he has been getting better at breathing with every massage he gets and with every run he makes.
We do NOT want to exit the military, but if it is God’s will for us to get out then we have a peace about it no matter what happens. But please please please pray that God will give hubby the breath of life, his lungs the air they need to keep him going, and his feet the wings of eagles.
If you are praying for us then please leave me a comment saying so, just to help give us a little extra boost. It really helps to know that there are others out there thinking and praying for us. Thank you so much for all your support!
Here’s an update on hubby in case you’re curious .
- 30 Days Down Memory Lane Day #1: Meeting Hubby
- 30 Days Down Memory Lane Day #20: Visiting Hubby Once Last Time Before He Left For Iraq
- 30 Days Down Memory Lane Day #23: Hubby’s Return From Iraq And A Year Of Financial Stress
- 30 Days Down Memory Lane Day #22: Moving Back To Texas And Preparing For Hubby’s Return
- 30 Days Down Memory Lane Day #18: Readmitting Ariela Into The Hospital And Saying Good-Bye To Hubby