Oct 24, 2012 - 7:54 pm
Hello everyone. This past Tuesday (the 16th) I got home from work and found my husband in respiratory distress. He had been having mild difficulties breathing, but that night was the worst. It terrified both of us so much so that I ended up calling the ambulance for him. It took 10 minutes for the EMT's to stabilize him enough for transport to the hospital. To cut a long story short, it was found that John's left lung was completely surrounded by fluid. So off we went for them to drain it. 2700+ mL of fluid was drained off and he started feeling much better. Then he started filling up again, so they put in a PleurX cath so that he can be drained without having to constantly be "plugged in". Slowly the amount of fluid decreased so they finally discharged him on Saturday afternoon. He has been doing really good and each day the fluid gets less and less. Today we went back to the Oncologist for a drain check and a chest Xray. On that front things are looking good. The colonoscopy and endoscopy that were done in the hospital came back clear and yesterdays PET Scan showed that the cancer is in all of his lymph nodes, but did not show any tumors in his lungs, brain, kidneys etc. Then we got the news. John starts Chemo on Tuesday. They will be using Cisplatin and Taxol--atleast until the rest of the Pathology results come back. Hopefully one of those tests will tell us his primary source so that they can use a more type specific chemo. If not we will continue this route. We continue to talk every day about our new normal and we continue staying strong and supportive of each other. And while I do have the hope that John will be the rare one to go into remission for what his Oncologist calls a rare type of cancer for his age group, I am also a realist. I know that the likelyhood of my husband recovering from this stage of this type of cancer is low. But I will continue to enjoy and love every second that I have with my wonderful husband.