A few weeks ago I shared about some of my new health struggles in the post ascities … another bump in the road. That was three weeks ago and I had been diagnosed with ascities and 3.6 liters of excess abdominal fluid had been drawn out of my body.
My last chemo treatment was on June 3 but I’m meeting with my oncologist weekly as we work through this latest bump in the road … which all symptoms (ascities, enlarged spleen, lab work and weight loss) seem to suggest is liver related (according to my oncologist and internet research).
Since the first week of June I have lost over 30 pounds and am currently under 200 pounds (that’s even with the new beard) for the first time in over 20 years … not a weight loss plan I recommend.
Most days include two very small meals and one mid-afternoon snack. Breakfast is usually a boiled egg, fruit and half an English muffin. The afternoon snack is usually a McDs strawberry banana smoothie. And supper is usually a salad (which has meant more visits to local farmer markets), a McDs grilled ranch chicken snack wrap or some grilled chicken or fish with rice or pasta. Yet digestion can still be a real problem at times.
So at this week’s visit with the oncologist we discussed the digestion issues and we did another stomach check … it was once again as taut and bloated as it was three weeks ago. So my doctor sent me over to the hospital for another paracentesis.
THE GOOD NEWS: From hospital registration, through the paracentesis and release to go home was a brief 90 minutes … and this was for a add-in NOT a scheduled procedure. I love Northeast Georgia Medical Center and all the folks who work there … I have had some incredible experiences there over the last six years.
THE BAD NEWS: They drew off another 3.2 liters of excess fluid out of my abdomen … that’s 6.8 liters over a three week period. But it really does provide some relief and takes the pressure off my stomach so I can eat … even though there are some foods my liver doesn’t seem to like.
Some folks who suffer with ascities end up having a paracentesis every week … I’m hoping that is not part of my future. My doctors (oncologist and gastroenterologist) are trying to manage it with diuretics … Spironolactone 50 mg and Furosemide 20 mg … both once a day.
Next steps … my gastroenterologist has been reviewing labwork and my scans for the last week and I have a follow-up appointment on Monday … so hopefully I will know more about what’s going on Monday.
Lord, increase my faith … my trust in You … during the midst of this health trial … I need the peace and patience Lord that only you can provide.
Intercessory prayers appreciated … actually greatly appreciated!