It’s been awhile since I’ve shared so here’s what’s going on:
Which is probably the best news possible!
Since my last update I took a trip and was totally fine for it.
One I got home I right away had a procedure called a liver cryo ablation. It’s where they stick super cold balls over the tumors in my liver and freeze them. It’s so cold that the tumors die pretty much right away. I did wake up with an unexpected chest tube, but they checked me the following day and sent me home. All seemed to go well and they blasted the remaining 3 tumors in my liver. Yay!
Once I was home a couple of weeks I still didn’t feel well and was having a very hard time breathing. It hurt to take a full breath and that’s if I could even get one. I ended up in the ER and they found fluid on my lung. Not IN my lungs but in the pleura around my lungs. I had what’s called pleural effusion.
They ended up sticking a big needle in my back to drain it. After the first liter they switched out bottles and set that one in front of me. A liter?!?!! Out of my lung?!?? And they got another almost 1/2 after that. It was weird. And warm.
After sending me home that night I had to be rechecked the following day. The fluid has returned and I had to check into the hospital to have another chest tube placed. Not my favorite thing in the world.
So apparently during the cryo procedure, they had to move my lung out of the way and it didn’t like that. So it start building fluid.
While I was in the hospital the drained another 2 1/2 liters over 5 days.
Since I’ve been home I’ve been OK. There’s tumor growth again so I had to start a new chemo regimen. It’s one I’ve already been on but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m quite frustrated these tumors are so pesky.
Part of what I really need to do now is get my diet on track. It’s the only thing I can really take control of but it’s the hardest. I have a really hard time staying away from sugar and that’s probably the worst thing I can eat right now. I need to develop some kind of strategy but I have no idea what. Every time I try I wind up doing a secret 7-11 chocolate bar/donut run. It just needs to stop.
I still have a little bit of pain in my lung which makes it hard to get out to do some walking. I’ve been moving through it, but I’m certainly not motivated to get out all the time. Luckily my sweet doggy gives me those big eyes. She can get me up and out for sure!