Snoopyfn Posted April 30, 2007 Share Posted April 30, 2007 I found you guys a couple of weeks ago and have been reading...you all sound so great and supportive... it is just so sad to meet under such circumstances.My husband was dx'd in March '07 Stage IV NSCLC. But I will back up.. he had pain in his back and felt ill/tired starting in Dec '06. His primary wasnt available and his collegue said it was probably a kidney stone and prescribed antibiotics and pain relievers. Nothing ever passed but the pain eventually went away... he still felt generally ill and tired. In February, he went back complaining of a dry cough and general illness.. again we got the antibiotic "brush off"...saying it was probably a sinus "thing". I knew it was more than that! He took the medicine the Dr prescribed and started coughing up blood and didnt get better...decided to have a complete physical... told Dr of blood and they wanted him in right away. Did chest Xray.. complete white out of right lung!! By this time he was very SOB... lots of trouble getting through ER... had 2 liters of fluid drained March 2. CT scan done...showed signs of cancer. Admitted to hospital March 14 to drain pleural effusion and do thoradesis. Another 3-4 liters drained at that time..lung was totally collapsed.. had to get opened to do talc... ended up going home with chest tube.. officially told of cancer 3/17... nodules in left lung, tumor in right... ct scan showed bone mets. Tumor in right lung blocking air from fully opening right lung... under went radiation to tumor to shrink.. went to 8 of 10 appts...he was supposed to go every day for 2 weeks but felt so ill at times it took 3 weeks to do 8 treatments...Onc said that lung sounded clear and to check it out may not have to finish radiation. Tube fell out last week had to go to ER... they couldnt get tube back in without making new track... his Dr came down...looked at xray and said that lung still wasnt opened even after 6 weeks so still couldnt do talc... decided to leave tube out and hope fluid doesnt build up quickly...he is supposed to start chemo tomorrow...they couldnt do it with the tube in...but he is pretty weak and doesnt eat much...or drink much...not sure if he has energy or desire to go through it.... As for me...Fortunately my employer is letting me work at home during this time. This has been a great help to me. It is all just a struggle though..life goes on no matter what along with all of this...sometimes I would like to take a week vacation from my whole life but obviously not possible. I have a 14 year old daughter...enough said there! Sorry if this was a ramble...tried to keep brief... anyway... everyone here seems really great... it is hard b/c I dont get out much..my only contact with the outside world is thorugh emails for work and a couple of message boards... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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