pulmonology consult and upcoming lung surgery

Thursday I will be having a surgical procedure called VAT (video-assisted thorascopy) assisted talc pleurodesis. The procedure involves various tools being inserted into the lungs to first clean out the area between the lung wall and the pleural wall and then pumping talc into the area to coat the two walls so they will adhere to each other. In case all of the fluid does not drain from the bottom of the lung, the surgeon will also insert a tube into that part of the lung, extending out the side of the body where it can be emptied by the patient or a helper. The patient keeps a record of the amount of fluid removed, and it is the hope of the surgeon that the fluid collection will diminish to the point that he can remove the tube.

The procedure is used when metastatic breast (or lung) cancer patients  develop malignant pleural effusions. After this occurs it will keep happening until a procedure, like the one I am having Thursday, is done to curtail it. Last time they took an x-ray before the thoracentesis, my left lung was nearly full of fluid, and the procedure removed 1800 ml of fluid. Today, less than two weeks later, the x-ray showed my lung was again already half full of fluid. I have been breathing with increased effort the last few days, and this morning seemed markedly worse than just yesterday. Despite the trauma from the procedure, I am looking forward to getting this done. Mostly looking forward to recuperating and being able to breathe freely again.

I also want to thank everyone who has posted such supportive comments during this crisis here and at Facebook and Twitter. It really means a lot to me and helps more than you can imagine. What an amazing world it is to have these kinds of connections with people we have never even met. Thanks, again.

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32 responses to “pulmonology consult and upcoming lung surgery

  1. It’s amazing the friends you can gather from the cyberworld who care and feel about the same things. Hugs to you Donna! (KR Big Fish)

  2. We all will be right beside you Thursday. You have so many, many friends that love you. You are in my heart and prayers dear Lady. Wishing you dream of dancing. ♥

  3. I am so glad they are able to schedule this so quickly. I know as the fluid builds the breathing is harder and harder to accomplish. I will be hopeful the talc will reduce the fluid space and the tube can be removed soon so you are back to “normal”…well, honey, you will never be normal, but you never were, so let’s not wish for impossible hings! LOL! I am going to send you a cloud formation photo that I think you will recognize. I think it was just for you. Hugs and love!

  4. Just for you! Just me…Roni

  5. Will be thinking of you Donna ,,,,

  6. Donna, You are never far from my thoughts and always close to my heart.

  7. I am hoping they can get so much of the fluid out and that you can enjoy breathing and recuperate with ease. Just reading the explanation of the procedure shows what a #fearless friend you are and I am honored that I am getting to know you.You are in my thoughts and prayers with extra ones tomorrow, so that you can continue to dance in the light…❤❤❤❤❤Hugs and xoxoxoxo-Susan

  8. Love Donna! I just read your blog. I wish for your op on Thursday … All the best! That you then then again can breathe much better. You are in my thoughts and I pray for you. I hope you’re well again soon quickly and come back again in our great chat Decorah nest. We are waiting for you! Our thoughts are with you and we pray for you!!!

  9. Jutta Kähler (Germany)

    Hugs from me ..to Donna! (((((((( HUGS ))))))

  10. Thoughts are with you – hoping that all goes really really well. You are one brave woman.

  11. Donna, I am a quiet little eagle in a corner of the nest. I’ve seen the beautiful thoughts you send out to those in need. This time, please accept our best wishes for your feeling better. We really love your positive aura that you send out and wait to see it again, more stongly than ever. This time you are in need and we are praying for you to come fly with us again. L.A.

  12. Donna, this is Shorebeachy from the Decorah Eagle site and I just want to say you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you girl♥ Feel better♥ We miss you♥♥

  13. Sending love and prayers, daily, but will talk to God a little longer this time. You are amazing, dear Donna. Your courage and willingness to continue to fight and your openness in keeping us informed.

  14. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you undergo and recuperate from this procedure. Wishing you free breathing and quick healing! Take care dancing lady!

  15. I hope your procedure went well. My husband is meeting tomorrow with a pulmonary specialist at Georgetown about the same procedure. Please share with us your feelings and experience now that you’ve had your talc pleurodesis. Best wishes in your battle to slay the beast.

  16. God bless you through this journey. May your surgery be successful and your recovery be quick. We all pray you find yourself home again before you know it. Hugs and prayers, G-ma MN
    “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”. Isaiah 40:31

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