I can feel the fluid in my lungs even more today than yesterday as it gets harder to walk a few steps without feeling breathless. The other symptoms that seem to accompany this condition are nausea and burping, probably from the pressure in the abdominal area. Hehe, I try to stifle the burping when I have company.
After going to the infusion center to have my port access installed for tomorrow (a wise precaution I have learned from experience), I spent the rest of the afternoon napping and trying to stay calm. For a while my breathing and nausea were rough, but they settled down so I could relax. I will be allowed to take my two blood pressure pills in the morning despite the fasting from midnight. My oncologist has instructed me to stop taking my Xeloda® during the surgery and recovery and to call her after I am back home. The procedure will be at 10:45 am, and I am required to be there two hours in advance. I understand the procedure time to be about two hours, and the pulmonologist said I would be released to either a regular room or an ICU room for monitoring. They will provide me with a PCA (patient-administered analgesic) pump for pain, which I understand follows the 48 hours after the surgery.
I have confidence in my pulmonology team, so I am comfortable with the surgery itself. I will be glad to be able to breathe again normally and to know that this should help stem recurrences of this nasty fluid build-up. I am also resigned to my one-step-at-a-time philosophy, so I am not thinking about what will come next. For now, I am concentrating on getting through the procedure and doing what I can to help heal as soon as possible.
I don’t know what my writing schedule will be for the next few days, though this is the first place I come when I need to deal with anything. Too bad I can’t take my iPad into the operating room where I could take some notes as we go through the paces.
Thank you for all the good wishes during this time. I will be thinking about your texts and notes and the huge group eCard from my wildlife chat room buddies as all of your thoughts and prayers give me strength and a sense of peace.5 6 7 8
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