The next step in dealing with my current breathing issues, caused by a lot of fluid in my left lung, is a thoracentesis tomorrow morning. I will be glad to be able to breathe with some relief after that, so I am looking forward to the procedure itself. The image shows my x-ray on the right from April and on the left from Monday. For anyone wondering, the white railroad is the titanium bars in my back from the surgery to remove damage from extensive tumor on 1-30-09.After that, I’m guessing, I will need some discussion with my oncologist after they determine the cause of this fluid in the lungs and whether it warrants a change in my treatment. I am not thinking that far ahead because I want to concentrate on this just one step at a time until I can talk with my oncologist who always leads me down the path of enlightenment.
I hate being scared and stopped reading material online as soon as I came across the bad news about malignant pleural effusion. I won’t discuss any of it now as I am trying to remain calm and think positive. My procedure is tomorrow morning, so right now I am only anticipating getting through this immediate crisis and being able to breathe freely again. One step at a time, and tomorrow is the first step of this fork in the road.5 6 7 8
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