Jun 07, 2011 - 11:59 am
Hi everyone. Well it has been an interesting 2 months. I finished radiation to my pleura at the end of March. It was ghastly and really knocked me to my knees. Rather than take the time to allow myself to regain my strength, I jumped in with both feet and resumed my regular activities about two weeks post treatment. Mistake! I spent a couple of days a week helping a friend who owns a catering business bake for a 600 people event and then spent the weekend of May 22 working the event. The fatigue was horrible but I could not give in. No admitting defeat. I know we are all guilty, like we have something to prove. Anyway, I thought I was coming down with a respiratory infection or something as my parents and my neighbor were both sick with bronchitis. I requested that my f/u appointment with the onc be moved up a week and that visit resulted in my being in the hospital for eight days. Is is a bloodclot?...is it pneunomonia?...final diagnosis - radiation pneumonitis. Basically inflamation of the lung that was radiated, making my breathing labored with even mild activity. I had eight days of antibiotics followed by two at home and am on a six week regimen of steroids. Already have the round face to prove it!!!! I am on a small amount of oxygen for the next few weeks, just to take the burden off my heart as the lack of oxygen makes it work harder. I am optimistic that this a a temporary condition that will improve with time. Two chest xrays and a CT scan during the hospital stay and no mention of any cancer showing up. I have a PET scan scheduled for June 21 to see how things look overall.
Have been catching up this week on everyone. Will try to be more active on the forum as things calm down. Got a lot of time on my hands right now. :)
Take care and blessings to each and everyone of you. Joanne