TAnn Posted March 12, 2004 Share Posted March 12, 2004 Yesterday I was scheduled to have the fluid drained from around my lung (thorencentesis). This was the 4th time I've had it done since being diagnosed in April '03. My effusion is quite large and we were hoping to get at least 1500cc of fluid out. Well, I have never done very well with this procedure. I keep being told by all the doctors that this is a very "easy" procedure. Easy for WHO?...... The first time I had it done, I fainted. The second time, I did a little better, but still became very nauceous (sp). The third time they had to stop because I was in ALOT of pain and yesterday....... I threw up and they had to stop . They only got about 850cc. I feel like such a wimp. Why can't I tolerate this very "SIMPLE" procedure???? Now they are pushing for the "Denver Cathetar", a permanent tube for me to drain daily. If I can't tolerate THEM draining it, HOW can I possibly drain it myself I'm so upset. I wanted the fluid OUT. I'm on my chemo "BREAK' and was hoping to be free of hospitals and procedures for a little while at least..... Has anyone else had trouble with this procedure??? Thanks for listening.... TAnn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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