Topic: Hello all...Need your thoughts...
I hope everyone is doing the best they can be..I have missed you. I have been so wrapped up in so much with Dave that a starting point is no where in site. I hope you all have been reading my Caringbridge journal, as that will give you a glimpse into Dave's battle he has been raging since October. Our roller coaster ride seems endless at times.
His latest battle is with pleural effusion...
The CT scan reads " Large right pleural effusion and moderate left pleural effusion" This means that he has a large amount of fluid in the space the surrounds the right lung, and a moderate amount in the space that surrounds the left lung.
Because of this, he has "volume loss" in the posterior right upper lung and the right lower lung. He has some "volume loss" in the left upper lung as well, but this lung appears to be relatively stable. The doctor tells me that volume loss is the lung colapsing slightly.
There looks to be inflammation and infection in portions of the left lung.
There is increased intra abdominal fluid in the spaces between the colon and the abdominal wall.
Basically...Dave has total body edema. He has fluid going in every place that it can, and not the places that it should be.
Dave was given two units of blood tonight, because his blood count was low.
Soo..here we are...and so it is.
What can I do?