cindi o'h Posted May 30, 2005 Share Posted May 30, 2005 Here we go again. It is Memorial Day and tomorrow morning I am going to the Cities for the drain. First they will do a couple of blood tests including an INR to check my clotting time. Then I get hooked up for IV sedation (at my request). I will have the intervention radiologist do the thoracentesis. I am glad about this, because the last time I went in to get this done, the effusion had resolved on its own and we would not have known this had I not had the imaging to show. I really believe that there has been some improvement in the size of this effusion too. I was very sick there for awhile. It has been two weeks since the CT scan and if I am right in that the effusion is getting smaller, then it is not caused by cancer. I will know by the end of the week what the cytology report says. I asked the surgeon if that white density on my lung is not cancer and just a squishing from the large effusion, if there is a chance that it will bounce back. He said something like it may or may not. He said that my lung is like a dirty 5 or 6 year old sponge sitting in the basement...compare that to a new one right off the hardware shelf and the new one would bounce back alot better than the old basement one!!! hehehe . Either way this test comes out, I know that I will be in for a lot more doctoring to get to the bottom of what is going on with my breathing, my lung "lesion" and this fluid. We are just in the beginning stages of figuring it out. I will try to talk with my pulmonolgist tomorrow too. This may be related to the rheumatoid arthritis that I have as well. I read something about RA being connected to some pleural effusions. I have a rheumatoid nodule on one of my fingers (a sore) and I have had some aching and swollen joints so I know that the RA has been active. It is a puzzle. It will require a good detective to put it all together and fix me up. The good news is that I bought myself one of those wheelie walkers and I just love it. That, combined with the oxgen tanks, and I can get around pretty good in the world. I just love those motorized shopping carts too. I feel alot more freedom coming my way by using these aids. I feel alot stronger in the leg muscles now too since I am walking farther with my walker. I know this sounds strange..even to me. I mean, I used to be an athlete!! It is all in gratitude though. I am a grateful survivor, that is for sure. Now, with all this moving around that I am doing, I am expecting my weight to go down instead of up, up, up!! I will let you all know how it goes tomorrow. My good friend, Joebug, with the heart cancer, is going to be at the U getting his CT at the same time I am there, so he can help me with some of my stuff, I hope. It will be fun to have someone there instead of being all by myself. Wish me luck for easy resolution and no mets...no mets...no mets!!! love, Cindi o'h Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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