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Much improved.

November 24, 2010

They drew off 2 liters this time, which is everything in the left lung. Thank  you, God. There’s a small effusion in the right lung that showed up on the xray, but I think that was there last time too. The 1-liter rule is for first timers to this procedure. As they warned me, drawing off that much was definitely painful as my lung rushed in to fill the void. It took longer to recover from.

My blood pressure has now dropped to 109/70 from the high of 151/100 over the weekend. I guess having liters and liters and liters of fluid pulled away from your heart and lungs makes your heart beat better.

My doctor is arranging a meeting for me with a lung specialist to see if we can make this go away and not come back. Meanwhile, it could very well refill quickly over the weekend. But we are all going to pray it doesn’t. Right? Fervently.

I appreciate all your support and prayers. You are all on my prayer list too, and I am humbled by and thankful for every one of you.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2010 1:46 pm

    It’s always great to hear when you feel relief! I’ve been on the edge of my seat all day. Praying they get you a permanent solution, and faster than a speeding bullet!!!

  2. Murray permalink
    November 24, 2010 2:25 pm

    Thank goodness you feel better. We’ll pray the lung specialist has some great ideas. It’s been a tough week, but I hope you and your family can all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    You’re in our hearts.


  3. Ellen permalink
    November 24, 2010 2:44 pm

    I agree with Kim! It’s always great to hear when you feel relief! *whew* A permanent solution would be super fantastic!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! I am kind of jealous tho, we had our Thanksgiving last month (Canadian) and hearing all about turkey and and the fixin’s has got me hankering for another Thanksgiving dinner! Will have to wait for Christmas.

    In the meantime enjoy the food and the day and don’t give my turkey envy any thought. But if you could just pretend to pass the gravy to me, I’ll be very thankful!

    Love you Jill!

  4. November 24, 2010 3:06 pm

    You know, I’m still feeling a bit (tiny bit) short of breath. I’m very weak. My left side isn’t doing all that well (brain tumor?) and I’m very frightened. I just am. Somehow things have taken just a terrible turn and, well, it’s just scary. Maybe just lack of oxygen? Life has turned suddenly into a horrible nightmare of illness. Sigh. Just thought I’d share for some reason. =(

  5. Ellen permalink
    November 24, 2010 4:23 pm

    Oh Jill. 😦 I am so sorry you are feeling this way, yet not surprised. The lack of oxygen is taking a toll on you.

    My Mom had to have monthly blood transfusions due to a blood disease. You could always tell when it was time for her to get “topped up” by her deameanour and temperment. And she would become so depressed and everything in her body would hurt more than usually. It was mainly due to the lack of oxygen going to the brain. Once she got new blood, thus more oxygen, she was a different person.

    Your tank has been low for some time, and you are practically running on empty. So, this could be the effect of low oxygen. I also think that Daniel’s reaction to what’s going on has probably shaken you quite a bit.

    Hopefully once you get the oxygen thing straightened out, you will feel better.

    Please keep sharing.

    • November 24, 2010 4:33 pm

      Yes. I’m sure that’s it. That and the nurses who said on the way out, “See you in a few days” or something like that. Stupid thing to say. I have put them on the bozo list with the ER doctor from Saturday.

      Okay. Deep breathing as my lung allows…. it’s getting over being crushed and I can practically feel the little sacs opening again one by one. Fill little sacs. Hold back the oozing fluid.

      Enjoying the air. I must also remember that I had a huge dose of radiation last week and that has just got to affect how I feel also.

  6. Ellen permalink
    November 24, 2010 4:39 pm

    Well, medical staff who have no bedside manner sure don’t help.

    Just think about all the good and positive things that Dr Hope and Dr Hope Jr had to say. They know what they are talking about!

    Lack of sleep doesn’t help either.

    Praying for peace of mind for you, Jill, and good healing rest.

  7. mom permalink
    November 24, 2010 4:51 pm

    Remember the power of positive thinking we talked about a while back? Positive thinking does work so tell your lung it is okay and go ahead and breathe deeply and healthly, out the front door or on your balcony. Take Hank or Daniel along and meke it an exercise session, a 1 and a 2 etc. and a deep breath. Come over here with dogs and with Hank and Daniel and we will all do it together. let them take care of the little things and you do your routine and sleep well tonight please. I am on the prayer chain for you. Mom

    • Ellen permalink
      November 24, 2010 4:54 pm

      I agree, Gail. There is something to positive thinking, I am totally sure of it.

      JILL, listen to your Mom! 🙂

  8. TulipGirl permalink
    November 24, 2010 4:59 pm

    Two liters? Wow.

    Oh, Jill. . . *huuug*

  9. Sarahtee permalink
    November 24, 2010 5:49 pm

    Jill, praying the fluid issue is resolved now, and that you have a non-eventful Thanksgiving and restful weekend, too 🙂

    Sarah xxx

  10. Babs permalink
    November 24, 2010 6:46 pm

    As stupid as this sounds, its normal to be scared. I’d rather be honest w/ myself and those supporting me than try an fake everything. That’s how I’m trying to live right now. After baby Caroline’s passing, I learned that pretending I’m fine is stupid. My friends love me enough to WANT to know how I feel (sorry for the poor grammar).
    Keep talking!

  11. Jennifer permalink
    November 24, 2010 7:15 pm

    You have brought new meaning to the song, “Every breath I take I take in You, You make me move Jesus…” (That was Jessalynn’s favorite song in kindergarten as one of Miss Lam’s “Little Lambs.) Breathing is something we take for granted…until it becomes difficult to do. Keep enjoying the air! Hugs and loads of fresh air are being blown your way!


  12. Denny permalink
    November 24, 2010 7:40 pm

    Good news finally! Hope it goes away entirely this time Jill. Happy Thanksgiving, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Bless you.


  13. JakKim permalink
    November 24, 2010 9:03 pm

    Holy crow, talk about retaining fluids! 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve found some relief though and I hope that the next few days bring more rest and less pain to you.

    Jill, you have so many people right by your side. We are right here – scared when things are bad, happy when there’s some relief, elated, furious, silly, sad, and everything in between. Lean on us. I hope that sharing the burden makes it seem somewhat more manageable for you.

    Holding you in thought, Jakkim

  14. Lisa Welch permalink
    November 25, 2010 9:45 pm

    Holy cow, Jill. No wonder you were having so much difficulty breathing! I am so hopeful it doesn’t return. I’m sorry you are scared. I don’t know how it would be possible to go through all you’ve been through without being scared, but I wish it wasn’t so, anyway. Love to all of you.

  15. Ellen permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:29 am

    Hey Jill,

    How are you feeling today? Enquiring minds need to know.

  16. Thalia permalink
    November 26, 2010 2:21 pm

    So glad you received relief. Hope it was the radiation that caused the fluid build-up and it never comes back. Facing mortality is scary, but I do believe in miracles so let us carry the fear for you. Keep turning it over to us and we’ll turn it over to God. I continue to pray for your full recovery to health and well-being and resolute strength for your family.

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