Just a quick update. I made it through the lung drain. Evidently people get these frequently. It’s not supposed to be “that bad”. Hmm…
The doc sticks a few needles in your back, up through your ribs in order to put in the anesthesia. The drugs include lidocaine…which burns. Then a catheter is inserted in between the ribs into the lung, with the other end in a bottle. The Doc says hold your breath,…then you cough. The liquid flows out. It’s pretty gross, but goes pretty quickly. But be clear, it hurts! The doctor drained a liter…as in a big soda bottle’s worth of liquid from me, before he stopped. Any more, and my lung may have collapsed.
Now we wait for the results. We wait to see if there is cancer in the liquid. In the meantime, I can’t do much. I can’t lie down, so I sleep sitting up with pillows around me. I breathe a bit better. BUT, whenever I take a deep breath, yawn, burp, cough, move, I am crippled with pain.
The pain is my lung getting used to expanding again.
The pain is my lung, and ribs being aggravated.
The pain is my muscles readjusting after caring around an extra 2 pounds on one lung.
Tomorrow I have a CT scan, to see what my spots are up to. So basically, we wait.
To top it all off, I am missing my Links conference in Houston. The conference where I was going to present a workshop on listening to, and taking care of your body. THAT is what causes me the most pain. I am so disappointed ! I hope there will be other chances to speak to my Link sisters, from around the country. We spend so much time taking care of our families, and serving the community, that we often ignore the cues of our own bodies. I was looking forward to sharing my story and ideas on how to take better care of ourselves!
The irony is not lost on me, that I had to stay at home, because… I am listening to my body. I even offered to Skype in. Oh well.
Instead, I will just blog from bed…again!