Blockage, CAT Scan, Fluid Build Up, Heart, Heart CATH, Hospital, Lungs, Medications, Stents, Thoracentesis
I knew it was only a matter of time before I ended up in the hospital again. This makes the third time since January. This time it was a little more serious than all the others.
I went and saw my cardiologist this past Wednesday and it was decided that because my breathing was so bad he would admit me to the hospital for a heart cath. I was under the impression that the procedure would be done Wednesday afternoon after i was admitted but all they did was blood work. The next morning a heart cath was performed where they found the left artery 75% blocked. Two stents were installed and I just knew that would help my breathing. It did not help at all.
After returning to my room I started talking to my cardiologist and he informed me that he had called a pulmonologist in to see me. A little while later I got carted off for several tests in which one was a breathing test and the other was a sniffing test. Both of which I failed. The pulmonologist came in later Thursday evening and basically told me that after seeing the results he had no idea what was causing my difficulties. All he could tell me was that my diaphragm wasn’t working.
Friday morning I was carted off again for a CAT scan of my lungs. After returning to my room I was told that I would have a procedure known as a Thoracentesis, a procedure to remove fluid around my lungs. At 2pm they removed 2 liters of fluid off my right lung. I was told that the procedure wouldn’t be painful. They lied. I sort of reminded me of my bone marrow biopsy. Maybe it was the way they did it but it was in the top ten as far as pain.
I never got to comfortable last night because of the pain but as long as I stayed still it didn’t bother me too bad. I had to hook up my CPap tonight and the pain was still there. I’ll be taking some pain meds tonight before going to bed.
My daily medicine count has increased by five. That makes 17 pills that I have to take on a daily basis. As long as they keep me alive and my insurance holds up I’ll keep taking them.