Husband Brian was diagnosed on January 7 2020 with metastatic pulmonary adenocarcinoma -- came out of nowhere. He has a pleural effusion on his left lung which has been drained twice. We're trying to cope with the symptoms (short of breath, nausea, cough, tiredness, insomnia) pending a biopsy next Wednesday for molecular testing and then a treatment plan. That plan is likely two to three weeks away. The last couple of days his cough worsened and today he says his diaphragm is spasming. On Friday he was prescribed codeine for the cough but it hasn't seemed to help yet. He can't sleep and is really in distress -- he can't speak without coughing and the cough seems worse. We figured his pleural effusion needed another drain so went to Emergency this afternoon. The X-ray though showed that the effusion is really not that big. He was prescribed 1mg Ativan at the ER to try to relax his muscles.
Is there anyone that can help us through this very scary time? Does it take time for the Codeine/Ativan to kick in? Is there anything else we can do?
I'm so scared that he won't make it through to treatment.....