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.