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Apr 25, 2014 05:03PM
I'm with you, Jean. Every little improvement in your breathing is something to be thankful for.
When my pleural effusion showed up for the first time on a chest xray I was taken to ER and admitted to the hospital for 5 days! After reading about so many people who had the PE and not the hospitalization it is becoming clear to me why my PE was treated differently. Not being "sick" for 4 years forced the medical people to test for other major things, besides cancer. No one knew yet that I had lung mets so they also had to test for heart problems, pneumonia, TB, embolism and other major things.
My first thoracentesis was done at the hospital. I hated it!!! It was the way they did it. They were not gentle and talked to each other like I wasn't there. My latter experiences with this procedure were 100% better. The ladies talked to me and were very cognizant of my needs. Jean, I am glad that your procedure went well.
Brenda S. "Do not go gentle into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light!" ~Dylan Thomas
7/16/2005, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
7/28/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, HER2-
10/1/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
9/11/2013, IDC, Stage IV, 1/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
10/1/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
3/7/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
11/7/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
3/1/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
7/7/2015 Ixempra (ixabepilone)