I've been quiet with updates for a while. Most of that quietness was because I really had no health or treatment updates to share. No news is good news, right?! Then in the 3rd week of September I began to experience what I would call stomach bloating. It was actually more than just my stomach but really my entire abdominal area felt (and looked) bloated.
I can now truly empathize with pregnant women. There were times in bed that I just couldn't get comfortable. The hot brunette bought a sleeping wedge, a pillow shaped like a wide door stop, that provided relief and enabled me to sleep well again.
Because the bloating didn't go away, I asked my doctor what we could do. He sent me over for a CT scan which revealed I had a fluid build-up. So we scheduled a paracentesis, a simple procedure where they basically drain the peritoneal cavity (that's the sack that surrounds all our organs). We did that yesterday.
One of the nurses said that they've drained as much as 8 to 10 liters from a patient. I offered up a little less than 2. But let me tell you, those 2 made a big difference. Last night I ate my first full meal in a month.
I expect today to get results on this as well as a chromosome test which will help determine if the Gleevec drug I've been taking should be continued. Pretty heavy testing you might say.
Please pray for tumor destruction and perseverance. Praise God for both!