Apr 17, 2013 - 6:44 pm
I've never had asthma so I didn't know what it was like not being able to breathe normally. I now feel so sorry for anyone with asthma. At least I was able to get my breath back. I had my thoracentecis yesterday and it was much more involved than what I had expected. After researching on the "net" I thought I would go to radiology, get a numbing shot in my back followed by a tube, guided by ultrasound to drain the fluid. Instead, I had to go one place for bloodwork, then I went to radiology and waited until they had the results of the bloodwork. My bloodwork came back okay so I was taken to a room with a CT scanner. A nurse accessed my port so I wouldn't have to get an IV and I was hooked up to the monitors and had an oxygen tube in my nose. They did a CT scan and a doctor came and explained the possible complications and I was given conscious sedation so I didn't feel anything at all. Afterwards they took an x-ray and I was taken to recovery where I had to stay for 4 hours. After 4 hours another x-ray was taken and I got to go home. The worst part was having to stay in recovery for 4 hours. That was sooooo boring! I just thought I would let you all know in case any of you need to have a thoracentecis in the future but someone somewhere must do it the way I saw it on the Internet or it wouldn't be there, right?