cindi o'h Posted October 8, 2005 Share Posted October 8, 2005 Friends Saw the surgeon on Friday. I was looking at a pleural effusion on the chest xray. I had only seen them on a CT scan. It does look different on an xray. As you may recall, I spent 6 days in the hospital and major VATS surgery to try to resolve this in early Sept. Dr. says that a chylothorax presents a more tenacious problem. He suggested ligating the the thingy that it dripping chyle fluid into my lung. However, he said to accomplish this, he would have to break one of my ribs and lay me open from here to there, the same as a thoracotomy. We, neither of us, liked the sounds of that. I told him that I think that there is more. I told him that I think there is more going on with me to cause the SOB. Maybe my heart. Maybe the pulm artery. There is alot of scar tissue from the radiation around the pulm. artery. Maybe it is all the scarring of my lung. I don't know, but I would like to know. I do well if I stay still. I just can't move. Sometimes just turning over in bed leaves me breathless. Something is going on. Walking any faster than a snail leaves me gasping for air. This has been going on for at least two years. He agreed to help me. I am to be admitted on Monday for a thorough going over. Can't wait! I am hoping that the source of my problem will be discovered and fixed and then I can get on with the activities I used to do. Like tying my shoes. I am bringing the notebook this time, so I can stay busy in there. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. Cindi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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