My poor husband can't seem to get a break. Yesterday he had 1 1/2 liters of fluid drained from his left pleura. After the drainage they did an Xray and his lung did not inflate back. So we went back again at 2:00 for another xray and it still did not expand. The radialogist told him if he has any shortness of breath over the weekend to go to the Er. So far he is just still tired but no abnormal SOB.
On Monday he will go in for bloodwork at the cancer center to see if they will give him the Procrit shot. Insurance will only pay for the $6,000.00 shot if your RBC count is really down. Anyhow after that he will have another Chext xray to see about the lung. If you noticed on the Pet scan it said he has airspace disease. I guess because the fluid was there so long his lung shrunk and is now not inflated properly from fluid pressing on it. The radiologist did not say what we could do about it if it doesn't come back on its own. On Monday I will ask at the cancer center. Maybe we will have to go to a Pulmonary Dr.
I did e-mail Chuck, Dr. Luketich and Dr. Gibson about the clinical trail and the TPN but so far only Dr. Gibson e-mailed back. he said he didn't know what should be done regarding TPN and also said Vince may not qualify for the clinical trial as he is stable. So what now????We will see our onc on Thursday and see what happens.
Vince had to start back on the TPN last night as they didn't do the JTUBE and had no problem with vomiting. Maybe the vomiting was to do with the fluid in the lung.
I would love to go see Dr. Luketich but at this point he may not be able to help. No one from UPMC has suggested we go there.
Thanks for listening