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Putting a Stop to My Lung Collapse

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Today I had Talc powder injected in my lung. I don’t remember much, but I woke up this morning at 5 or 6am and then next thing I know I am waking up and it’s 3:30pm. My bladder was about to burst and I was starving!

I didn’t remember anything. I didn’t see Tammy anywhere and I was totally confused as to what was going on. Thankfully the nurse came and explained everything to me. The talc is supposed to glue the lining of the lung and the sac surrounding the lung. This is supposedly going to keep the lung from collapsing again.

Today I had a couple of unexpected visitors. Tammy met a girl, Lillian that has stage four lung cancer. The cancer had metastisized to the brain, pancreas, and liver I think. We chatted for a little while and exchanged stories. She is a young 40 year old and determined to beat this just like me. I think she is staying here on site for the next couple of weeks for her radiation treatment. I also got a visit from Kim’s family. I spoke with her husband first…it just killed me to think what he is going through go and thank goodness he has a large support system. Kim’s Aunt and mother came next. It was really tough talking with Kim’s mom. She lost a daughter and a best friend. I lost it at that point. It was just too sad. I am so happy though that Kim is in heaven and finally at peace. The family a couple of fundraisers going and I know one is a carwash tomorrow. To find out more, visit her site at http://kimfightscancer.blogspot.com/. Anything you can do to help financially will be greatly appreciated.

I am so happy that so far I have not experienced the nausea. That was just horrible! My childhood friend from 6th grade, Tammy is here helping as a caregiver. Barb comes tomorrow. Hopefully, I can get out of here on Sunday…keep your fingers crossed! I was finally allowed to leave the room today after begging the doctors. I was getting really cranky and claustrophobic from being in the room the past few days and being chained to the wall from the chest tube. The chest tube is really painful and I feel it everytime I take a breath. Sometimes I just feel like I can’t get enough air, which is really scary.

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