Skip to main content

Heavy Breathing: Cause Figured II

It was an all nighter of heavy breathing on the first night at home.  A night to remember.  A new fumbling bumbling nurse, father breathing like he was possessed, and me just watched them with exhaustion all night.   And there, it stopped in the morning.  

After a couple of days of just watching him obsessively, figured he breathed so when passing urine.   However did not know if the heavy breathing caused him to pass urine, or passing urine caused him to breath rapidly.   All I knew was they were connected.   Since IMC was usually done first thing in the morning, there was no frequent heavy breathing during the day.   Ha, there, the explanation why the episodes occurred mostly during the night.   It was because there was so much urine retention in the night and he was struggling to pass it and hence the frequency.  But why was the interval between so timed, I still do not know.

So we then started him on IMC three times a day –early morning, evening and post mid night.   Late night IMCs were always a challenge for the nurse, and for us who were perennially sleep deprived.   The good news - not an another all night heavy breathing episode. 

Mind you, he still had heavy breathing during the day and the night.  It wasn’t just as close to the timed all night sessions.

Smug we were with our discovery.    

Our urologist agreed with our hypothesis, said this was common for stroke or patients with neurological challenges.  I showed him a video of our father breathing rapidly and he said he had seen it before.  According to him this was partly prostate and partly a neuro issue.    It was neuro since both the hemispheres in his brain were not coordinating with one another.

Although we seemed to be doing everything right – sterile IMC, obsessive monitoring, medicine for ease of passing urine; we were still haunted with visits of frequent (maybe a bit too frequent) urine infections. 

Most doctors opined that such infections were common for patients confined to bed.  The explanation somehow was at its unconvincing best.   We repeatedly asked if we could just insert an indwelling urine catheter, since complete voiding was the problem.   Indwelling catheter? Oh no no no!  The experts professed higher chances of infection!  Really? Are you serious? What did they think was happening right now?  We have had infection for almost 7 out the 10 months since coming home.

Comparison Picture of IMC and an Indwelling Catheter 

In all fairness the doctors were right to suggest that IMC was least infectious of all.  Maybe so, but given our father's condition it wasn't the most suitable.  

As to why we encountered frequent UTIs, in my humble non medical opinion, I concluded the bacteria was ever present in his gut or bladder, if there was a trigger – say like physical strain on the body due to exercise or any other cause, the bacteria just multiplied to infinity causing the UTI.   As expected most doctors shot down this idea, maybe rightfully, but I stick to my theory since no one has given me a better one.  


Popular posts from this blog

Sri Narasipura Subbaiah Narayana Murthy

Somewhere in 2011 my good friend Rohan sent me a link to a documentary on Ayurveda.  It showcases different practitioners of Ayurveda, its ninth part caught my attention.  One, a patient in the film suffered from brain hemorrhage and two, the doctor (he is an indigenous healer / vaidhiyar, not a certified doctor) lived in Southern India which would make the travel not too adventurous.  I guessed the adventure part incorrectly.

Sri Narasipura Subbaiah Narayana Murthy (the Doctor) lives ofcourse in Narasipura, which falls under the Shimoga district in Karnataka.  My research prior the travel showed that all one needs to do is to get to Narasipura or Shimoga and locals know the doctor's place.

Our male cousin in Bangalore who is specially fond of my father agreed to accompany me.  We left to Shimoga on a Saturday since the doctor consults only on Sundays and Thursdays. Consultation begins at 7:00am, its on first come first serve basis.  I thought 5:00am would make us sufficiently e…

Cranio - sacral Therapy and Dr. Manik Hiranandani

Few years ago at ourAcutouchtreatment we made the acquaintance of a wonderful mother-son duo.   Rudra, the boy was all cuteness and Kavita, his mother was friendly and resourceful.   Places like these are great treasure troves for information on different treatments and doctors.
Kavita highly recommended Dr. Manik Hiranandani who runs an alternative treatment clinic, which is called just that - "The Clinic", at Malakkara in Kerala.  He uses a combination of treatments, but the main focus seems to beCranio-Sacraltherapy.
After our misadventure with the Varma treatment during our Kerala stay, Dr. Hiranandani seemed worth pursuing.  Given his hectic schedule and our inability to take our father to his clinic just for a consult, we scheduled a meeting at a rather unconventional place -  the meeting was outside a bakery on the highway that was taking the Doctor from Ernakulam airport to Malakkara.
The Doctor after examining our father said that he could help, provided we commit to h…


Visiting Bangalore this weekend made me stop at the office of the Spandana Public Trust.   This is the organization that has provided us with two amazing live-in nurses since we got our father home.    Having spoken to them only over phone, thought best to put faces to the empathetic voices answering our calls. 
Ms. Sunanda and Ms. Rathna, who always field the calls, were at the office on the crisp and sunny morning when I walked in to Spandana.   The office is a flat in an apartment building located at a quiet and affluent neighborhood of Koramangala.  There were some nurses waiting in the outer office looking for work.  Walls in the waiting area were filled with motivational posters.  Got couple of ideas on what it takes to be successful.  There were Spandana trained nurses sitting in another room waiting to be placed.  In a smaller room past all these room, both the ladies sat with a mobile and a landline each that rang incessantly.
Having dealt with plethora of nursing agencies we…