Post op one month has me feeling pretty good! Well, up until a week or so ago.
It was a Thursday, I believe. I was cleaning out my bathroom cupboards and enjoying a glass of wine, and I found myself having chest pains. Being that I have an incredibly high tolerance for pain, I wasn’t sure what was up. Maybe I pulled a muscle working out or doing yoga? Maybe I pushed myself more than I should have on my run? It felt like I had a charlie horse in the middle of my chest. I took inventory of where my phone was, and I knew I could call for help if I needed to, but soon enough, this charlie horse became too painful to tolerate. I couldn’t reach for my phone to call 911 and I didn’t have a voice, so I did what came natural and I laid down.
I think I was there for about 20 minutes (it felt like FOREVER!) before anyone really noticed. Sure enough, Brad came up and asked if I needed to go to the ER. I was DEFINITELY not going to survive a drive there, so my only option was 9-1-1. I asked Brad to give me drugs. All of them. Make this heart-attack stop. I couldn’t talk and had such a hard time breathing… When was it going to end?
Eventually, I got some water and over-the-counter medications and laid there for another 20 minutes or so. I could feel the cramping relieve, so I knew I was in the clear.
Fast forward a week. Sunday morning, the day of Ailee’s birthday party and I found myself having another episode. Whatever this was, it was becoming unbearable. I got my butt out of bed and was in So.Much.PAIN. I honestly thought that it was The End. I don’t remember how I got dressed or what I did to get in the car, but I drove myself to the ER in St. Cloud. Lucky for me, I was early enough in the morning to avoid the rush. I walked up to the receptionist and said, “I think I’m having a heart attack.” She took me right back, put me on monitors and took my vitals. Long story short? Pleural effusion or fluid build-up The cause of pleural effusion in my situation can be one of a few things.
- Fluid build up near my lungs after surgery, just now rearing it’s ugly head.
- Breast cancer in my lung
- Secondary cancer caused by radiation treatment
If you recall, I had lymph nodes that were on my chest wall that couldn’t be reached via surgery, so radiation therapy was supposed to take care of them. We never really get to know if they were completely taken care of…
Today I will go see my oncologist. A bit earlier than my scheduled quarterly time. I’m not sure if he will drain the fluid or how else he might treat it, but a biopsy is likely.
Here’s to hoping it’s not cancer again.