[Day 643] Pleurodesis

Thuy Muoi
Thuy Muoi
Jul 28, 2018 · 3 min read
The view from my room at USC Keck Hospital
  1. PleurX Catheter Drainage — placing a tube inside the chest so that the patient can drain it at home periodically
  2. Pleurodesis — the most complex procedure yet effective way to treat the problem but require stay in hospital for couple days after the surgery

Pre-surgery

After discussing with my primary doctor, we decided that pleurodesis procedure is the best option since I already very tired with the pleural effusion in the past 2 years. He then recommend me to meet the surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth David. Very much like Dr. Nieva, she has the confidence and patience to explain to me through different options. I told her, “I trust you and USC Keck more than any other medical system in this entire world. So, please use your best judgement to make the decision as needed during the surgery”

Post-surgery

This is the third surgery in my life — and it’s the most painful one. I started feeling the pain the minute I gain my consciousness. I opened my eyes and didn’t see any familiar face. The nurse was very inconsiderate when she keeps chatting constantly with her colleagues rather than caring my well-being. I realized that I still in ICU and that’s why my family was not there. I gave me a sip of water after I asked her a few times and transfer me to my room.

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