The vats procedure - update

Ok I am now home from the hospital.  It's been a long couple of days.  I was ready to sleep in my own bed!  I think when you stay in a hospital you never get good sleep. Vitals have to be taken every so many hours, machines are beeping, you have all these tubes coming out of you... I know you are all jealous!

The vats procedure went pretty quick. Guess I was back there for just about an hour. The surgeon removed a tiny 2 mm nodule. Will find out next week what it is. He is concerned about it... Hoping pathology says it's nothing! But we will cross that bridge when we get there.

So far I feel ok. Was worried about the epidural going in and it was just fine. Had my chest tube removed and it wasn't too bad! Oh the joy of surgery! :). I had 4 chest x-rays done before I could get released.  I also ran in to some entertaining little ladies while waiting in the wheel chair holding pen at radiology!  It's this little area seperated from the other out-patients waiting for xrays.  They just line up the wheel chairs! 
Overall I am feeling pretty good. Got sick again after anesthesia. Thought I was going to be in the clear this time! It was hours after waking up before I got sick! Let me tell you - coughing and getting sick is not fun after having lung surgery!! Plus you get a really sore throat from having the breathing tube and a scope of the throat!

This procedure has left 2 incisions about 2-3"s on my left side along with a small hole where the chest tube was in.  Let me tell you how nice it was to get that out!  It's amazing how much the body can take.  I was sent home with a HUGE bottle of pain meds :)  and was told I shouldn't drive for 4 weeks - 4 weeks?  Man!  At least everything I need can be delivered!  ha!

That's about it for now.  I will update more later (still on pain meds!)!  My follow-up with my surgeon will be March 18th.

I will leave you with this - there was a spunky little old lady sitting next to me in the wheel chair waiting pen... she looks at one of the patient escorts and says - can I get some ice chips....  I need something to go with my scotch and soda!  :)  it's great to have a sense of humor! 

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  1. Erin, I just found your blog. Our stories are very similar. I hope that you are recovering from your surgery. I can empathize as I too had lung sugery and I know the pains you have/are experiencing. Definately take those lovely pain meds. They do help you recover quicker as you are able to move around easier. I will be praying for good results for you and checking your blog for updates.

    Tina
    Pale Skin Is In

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  2. Hi Tina,

    Thanks so much for the note! Sorry you are also going thru all this.

    What treatment route did you take for your lung mets? I checked out your blog some - great! Was it the braf? I haven't been tested for that yet. Guess we wi see what these are...

    Best of luck! I will check in on your blog also to see how you are doing!
    Erin

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  3. You are welcome. I wanted you to know I was out here - living with these crazies and doing good. My first lung met was in 2008. A small spot that was removed. My doc had me do a year long treatment of Leukine (self injection shots). Sort of like Interferon. I'm not sure if they are even doing this now a days. I was then NED for 2 years following my surgery. 2010 was a messy year - kidney met and now lung mets & tumor where kidney used to be. I did the IL-2 treatment 9/2010. That truly sucked and didn't work for me. I am currently on a BRAF trial and have seen results. I have my first CT since beginning the trial on Thursday, so we'll see how well it is working.

    Hang in there!

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  4. Tina - thanks! Yes it's nice knowing we're not alone, right? I had multiple spots show up on my lungs in my last CT. I was trying to get qualified for the Ipi trial. Guess we'll see what I end up on now. I haven't been tested for Braf yet - but I'm sure that will be done also. I've heard IL-2 is horrible. Positive thoughts coming your way for good CT results on Thursday!

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  5. Thoughts and prayers are with you! I appreciate the positive attitude.

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