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by Patty5 on Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:00 AM
I have not seen any postings from 2cats in awhile. 2cats if you are still posting I want you to know I have been thinking about you and your mom. Still praying for both of you. If you can give us an update or if anyone else has heard anything please let us know. Pat
by 2cats on Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:00 AM
Thanks for asking about me and mom. Life has been crazy lately. I started a new job (no more posting from work!) and the kids are on summer break- that combined with a minor computer problem and mom's illness just hasnt given me much time to post.
Mom was doing well until about the 1st of July. She started noticing about that time that she was short of breath after the smallest bit of activity. Not like her at all. By the 7th she was very winded and couldnt breath. She went to the ER. They drained 1.5 liters from her lung that has cancer. A couple days later, another 1.5 liters. Today, another 2 liters. They are running labs on the fluid and we'll know more tomorrow.
The doc feels that it is more then likely a return of the EC causing the trouble vs the lung cancer. He is disappointed, as he felt they had it more undercontrol then that. He didnt expect to see it come back this soon. But, he could be wrong, since he's just guessing. Could be the lung cancer. Either way, they'll need to change the chemo they are giving her because they are not getting the results they want.
Mom said she sort of expects them to put her in the hospital tomorrow to install a lung drainage tube. It'll be gross, but at least she'll be able to breath!
by Patty5 on Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:00 AM
Thanks for the update Linda. I am sorry your mom is having problems. I am trying to enjoy how well my mom is doing right now but I can't help but wonder when this crap might come back.
I do most of my postings at work too. Most work days I don't have time to turn my home computer on.
I hate your mom has to have that drain put in but I know being able to breath better will help her. I will keep both of you in my prayers.
by 2cats on Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:00 AM
We got the results back today. Thankfully, the fluid shows no cancer cells. They are not sure what is causing it, but it doesnt look like its the EC, like the doc thought it could be. They will put her in the hospital on Thursday AM. They are going to use a little fiber optic camera to have a look around. They'll also work on drying up the fluid. They said it will take 3-5 days. Then they'll fuse some part of her lungs to her chest cavity (sorry, I dont really understand and can't remember what he called it). He said that if they restrict the area the fluid has to collect in, her body should stop making it.
She is not thrilled with the thought of being in the hospital, but at least its not that the cancer is spreading.
by Patty5 on Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:00 AM
by Debbyw67 on Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:00 AM
So glad it is not cancer!! I will have you and your mom in my prayers.
by 2cats on Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:00 AM
Another quick update: On Thursday they put mom in the hospital to fuse her lung and chest wall. The sugreon found MANY nodules forming on her chest wall. Some as between the size of a nickel or quarter. He took a biopsy while in there. We'll get the results tomorrow or Tuesday. His feeling is that it is the lung cancer spreading. No idea why there were no cancer cells in the fluid.
On the bright side, the procedure seems to have worked. They did it on Thursday morning and by yesterday her body had stopped making the fluid. She went home yesterday afternoon.
by Lou38s on Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:00 AM
2Cats - I will sure be praying and hoping for the best. I think Kevin is going to be a very busy Angel looking out for all of us!! He always has.... Hugs, Sonda
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