The First “Procedure”


So we’ve had tests, tests and more tests but today was the first “procedure”.  It was lung biopsy day.  They decided to go in through the back using a needle.  Minimal risk of lung collapse, or partial lung collapse, which is good – and could be done using a local instead of being put out.  So prior to the procedure the medications were modified to stop the Plavix  – 4 days before the biopsy.  Light breakfast, no dairy on the day of the procedure.  We had to be at the hospital 2 hours prior to, where there were more blood tests.  The actual procedure took about 10 to 15 minutes.  Then back to recovery where he had to lay on his back for an hour, then back for a chest x-ray to ensure no issues with his lung.  Dressing was checked every 15 minutes.  After that we went to the Cancer Care Centre where the radiologist wanted another CT scan to include in the radiation treatment mapping for one more lesion on the spine.  This day left my husband absolutely spent, completely tuckered out.  By the time we got home he was barely coherent and needed rest.   And then the inevitable phone calls start and people begin to pop by.  I know that I have to figure out how to manage this, but right now we are in survival mode.  Just trying to get through the day.  I can hardly wait for tomorrow ……

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