Psalm 118:17

I will not die, but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I slept good last night, but woke up and could not do anything with exertion even with the oxygen on. I called Dr. McKeen's office and they wanted me to come in. Ian had to go rent a wheelchair for me because I couldn't even walk to the bathroom because my oxygen would drop too low. Maddie had meet and greet day today. So Ian took her to that and my Mom took me to the doctor. She looked at my CT scan from last week and saw a spot on my left lung that had changed. I asked if it could be progression of the disease and she said possibly. She said it could also be a mucus plug from a fungal infection which would be treatable. The good news is that, my tumor markers have gone from 1790 to 400. So, she decided to admit me to Good Samaritan Hospital. Needless to say, I wasn't too happy. Although, I get panicked when I can't breathe, so it is probably a good thing. I saw the infectious disease doctor first and he ran a battery of tests. And then, Dr. Scoma, my lung surgeon came in and ordered another CT scan to see what has changed from Tuesday. He said either it is fluid again, a pulmonary embolism or infection. I got the results pretty quickly and it is pneumonia. The good news is that the fluid has not changed and he said the cancer has improved since the last CT scan I had several weeks ago when I was here having surgery. I was so happy to hear that. They have started me on strong IV antibiotics and will be here a few days. He said it will probably take a good 48hrs. to feel any results. I'm praying that the breathing gets better before then. If I lay still in bed them I'm fine, but if I do anything, I can't breathe. I hate being here when my kids start school tomorrow. But, they are home with my Mom and Ian is spending the night with me. I don't want to be alone because I get so scared when I can't breathe. I talked to the kids tonight and they sounded fine and are excited about school tomorrow. They are always fine with my Mom. I am just thrilled it's pneumonia and not anything worse. This is treatable and then I can get off the oxygen again. Yeah!


  1. So thankful to here the good news about the improvment
    in your lungs. Thanks be to God.
    Although I know you don't want to be in the hospital
    I'm thankful that you will be breathing better and feeling
    better soon. I'm praying for Maddie I hope she has
    a great day. Love you

  2. Praise God for the many blessings and good news you have heard. We are praying for you and especially for the kids 1st day of school. =)
    Kelly and family

  3. Yay!!! Great news on the marker improvement! It stinks that you are in the hospital having a hard time breathing but we can handle pneumonia! Those lungs have been through the ringer lately. Praying for God's complete healing and rest! Love you.

  4. It was such great news to hear that your markers are down and that the lungs show so much improvement!! Try to just rest and let the antibiotics do their magic. All my friends and church gang have been praying for you round the clock. I would love to come see you but sounds like talking/moving is not a good thing. If you need someone to just be with you...I'm there!! Hope that the kids had a great first day. I know you hated missing that...but your mom stood in for you...just as we all stand in for you in prayer when you're not able to. So glad Ian was there with you. Love you!!