Dec 06, 2009 - 5:22 pm
Have any of you had a pleural cathetet inserted to drain your lungs? I had my lungs drained two weeks ago because I had a large amount of fluid buildup. Within 2 days I was back in bed unable to walk around my house without being out of breath. My dr. scheduled to have a catheter inserted so I could drain at any time. This was done on Friday. First of all the dr. performing the procedure must have had bad morning he was very arrogant and got upset when the equipment didn't work right ane the drain didn't go in like it was suppost to. For a procedure that was not suppost to hurt it made me cry on the table. The nurse was very good about showing us a video of how to drain but couldn't tell how often to drain because my primary dr. needed to do this. While I was resting in the hotel, my husband went to his office to see how often we should drain. He didn't get to see anyone in person, just talked to my case coordinater on the phone. She said just do it how ever often I needed to. This really helped answer the question. We were in Houston and there was snow starting to fall which doesn't occur very often and I think everyone was just wanting to go home. We came home and followed the brouchure instructions to drain. I began draining very fast and all of a sudden I began coughing and had trouble breathing. We stopped the drain - took out 700 ml., it took me about 30 minutes to stop coughing and calm down enough to rest. Today my chest still hurts. Did we drain it too fast? Have any of you done this procedure? Any tips you could give me? I've been away from work for 2 weeks and thought this would give me immediate relief but I still feel tired and unable to take a deep breath.