I was able to breathe easier last night with the oxygen on, but still was very restless anticipating today. Fortunately, today went well. It was not near as painful as the first time. They gave me some IV sedation and numbed my lung more. The pain is when my lung starts to re-inflate as the fluid comes out. He didn't take the fluid out so quickly this time and would stop it all together when I started coughing so much and couldn't catch my breath. I never realized how I took advantage of every breath I took with ease before all of this. Not being able to breathe is such a horrible feeling. You can gasp all you want and it doesn't help you get a better breath. It's a scary feeling. Just glad today is over and I still have no side effects from the chemo. I am considering having a permanent drain placed in my lung so that I can drain it myself as needed. Dr. Faro, a surgeon at my hospital, said my lung is inflamed and with inflammation there is fluid. He said draining it more often and a little at a time will help the lung heal the inflammation and eventually stop producing fluid. I will have to see how fast this lung fills up again or if it does and then make my decision. Going to the hospital once a week to have it drained is just too much.
Please continue to pray without ceasing. I still believe my God will heal me!