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Still Doing the Hospital Thing

November 29, 2010

This is actually Jill’s sister, Debbie, writing this post.  Jill is a much better writer than I am, but I’ll give this a shot.  Since her last post a few things have happened. I’ll cut and paste some of her comments from various e-mails she sent the family over the weekend – those will be in blue text – and add a few comments of my own.

Since her last post in the wee hours of Saturday morning, she’s had another litre of fluid drained from her right lung. I got to observe this procedure yesterday. It didn’t appear to be quite as pain free as Jill said in a previous post. This drainage was a lot closer to the rib that had cancer, which probably explains the extra soreness. But it did allow her to breath much easier – which is a good thing.

The lung specialist (Dr. Park)  visited yesterday and was informative and helpful.  He said the excess fluid in her body is what’s causing her heart to race – so no Congestive Heart Failure (Hooray!). The fluid buildup is strictly due to the cancer. In addition to draining the litre of fluid, he started Jill on a  drug call Albumin which takes excess fluid from your body and moves it to your blood stream to be expelled. According to Jill, this is working quite well:

”The albumin is working. Heart rate is coming down. Putting out a prodigious amount of  ‘output’ for the nurses to measure. I will keep them hopping tonight. They asked if I wanted a sleeping pill, but I told them I’d just end up wetting the bed every five minutes. Might be tired tomorrow, but maybe I won’t look like Mrs. Potatohead any more.”

Dr. Park is also deciding if her wants to put in a permanent drain to keep the fluid buildup under control. He had to special order this drain, so it would be another couple of days. He may not do this if the Albumin does it’s job.  Oddly enough, he also said she is probably dehydrated after having so much fluid drained – who knew. There’s the still the possibility of lung surgery, brain surgery and new chemotherapy looming.

Some additional good news things. Jill was having problems with her jaws locking – this is related to low calcium levels. She was given Tums to resolve that problem. She was also having flashing lights in her eyes. This appears to be related to the dehydration. We’ll know a lot more after today.

“Day of scans and consults….Brain MRI is first this morning. Docs are just going to be popping in and out. I have no idea how to keep up.”

That’s it for now. Either Jill or I will post more information. Please continue to pray for Jill and her husband and son. Prayers are being answered all the time and we really feel God’s presence. Thanks to all of you that have been so supportive throughout this process. It means a lot to all of us.

Debbie Fletcher

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Murray permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:02 am

    Hi Debbie,

    Thank you for the update. It’s nice to hear some progress is being made. Please tell Jill she’s constantly on my mind and in little prayers throughout the day. Hank, Daniel, and you, too.



  2. Ellen permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:09 am

    Thank you so much for the update, Debbie.

    Thank goodness that Congestive Heart Failure has been scratched of the list.

    Please tell Jill when you see her that to make sure that they are just draining the fluid from her lungs and not the piss and vinegar that gives her spunk. 🙂

    It’s so nice that Jill has such a wonderful family. My prayers go out to all of you and yes, miracles do happen and Jill will be writing in her blog about her miracle one day.


  3. E Lis permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:14 am

    Thank you for the update! I’ve been off line and traveling..

    My prayers never stop and I can see they are needed. (((HUG))) and prayers for all. With love, Lisa

  4. November 29, 2010 10:16 am

    Thank you for the update. Continuing to pray. . .

  5. heidi permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:22 am

    thanks Debbie for the update. I keep checking my email here at work.
    Heidi Studley (Hanks sister)

  6. Barbara Austin permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:27 am

    God is Awesome…thank you Debbie and Jill for the positive news

  7. Wendy permalink
    November 29, 2010 11:12 am

    Debbie, thank you for the update. What good news!! Please tell Jill and your family that I am continually praying for everything–and thanking God for Jill and your family. Also, please let Jill know we really miss her. Take care.

  8. Cassie permalink
    November 29, 2010 12:30 pm

    Debbie thank you fot the update although i would be lying if i didn’t tell you that my heart stopped when i saw it was you updating! All of you are always in my thoughts!

    • November 29, 2010 1:15 pm

      I know, since our Mom’s brain aneurysm in 2000, Jill’s diagnosis with cancer a four years later, both my in-laws passing away in 2005, Mom’s triple bypass in 2007, and our Dad’s sudden passing 2 days after knee surgery in 2008, every time I see a family member’s name pop up when my cell phone rings, I get that sinking feeling. And one of the most recent calls was just about a Party Lite order, but I still jumped.

  9. annette permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:06 pm

    I’m thinking of you and praying for you dear.

  10. Sarahtee permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:13 pm

    Thanks so much Debbie for the update. Great to know that it’s not congestive heart failure! Sending Jill patience as she endures the day of scans and consults, and as always, prayers from here.

    Sarah xxx

  11. Lisa Welch permalink
    November 29, 2010 2:59 pm

    Thank you, Debbie. If you all need a respite, let me know – Jill knows I’ve offered to come sit with her or deliver anything needed/wanted. She has all my contact info.

  12. Babs permalink
    November 29, 2010 4:44 pm

    How about I send you a guest book – you can make every dr. who comes in sign, leave his area of experise – sorta like a wedding guest book 🙂

    Prayers your way!

    • Ellen permalink
      November 29, 2010 6:09 pm

      What a great idea, Babsy! 🙂

  13. Jennifer permalink
    November 29, 2010 5:51 pm

    I like that idea, Babs! Thank you, Debbie, for kindly exercising those finger muscles for Jill. I always enjoy “hearing” from you both. Maybe next time, it can be like a little conversation between the two of you where we’re kinda “eaves dropping”. 😉 How refreshing it is to hear that the albumin is working! PTL! I see butterflies of hope flying all throughout Jill’s room! Hugs and well-wishes, Jennifer

  14. Penny permalink
    November 29, 2010 6:14 pm

    praying praying!

  15. November 30, 2010 5:05 am

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for the updates… I’m continuing to pray for healing…

  16. Tammy permalink
    November 30, 2010 6:11 am

    Prayers for blessing, peace and healing. From all the posts here I am picturing a complete covering of Jill in prayer from all parts of the world.

  17. November 30, 2010 4:51 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.

  18. Resa permalink
    November 30, 2010 7:52 pm

    Thank you for keeping us updated, Debbie. I was concerned when we hadn’t heard anything the last couple of days. Appreciate you letting us know.

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