Friday, August 6, 2010


This afternoon Travis went in for his thoracentesis.
And we are so glad it is done.
I'm not gonna lie, it was scary.
And really, really gross.

The first doctor came in and did an ultrasound to see how big the 'pockets of fluid' were. Then he proceeded to tell us the possible side effects of the procedure.
Collapsed lungs.
Punctured lungs.
Lots of blood.

Then you sign the paper giving them your ok.

Then the Dr. who actually does the procedure comes in, and repeats possible complications, and does a great job of terrifying you.

I don't think I've ever been so nervous. Seriously, I was nauseously nervous. And have decided I am pretty much a pessimist and just know that the worst case will happen when it comes to T's luck.

But things went really well. They were able to pull almost a sickly 1/2 liter of fluid out of him, and there weren't any complications.

His back is pretty sore now, but i think that will go away quickly, and we are hoping that removing that fluid will help ease a little bit of the pain in his rib. We are wondering if that was putting added pressure there, and hopefully it will help!

They have sent the fluid to the pathologist who will now determine whether the fluid is cancerous, or caused from something else.

We obviously are praying that it's not more cancer. (You are too, right?) And we are crossing our fingers that the radiation he had in May has somehow just caused this fluid to build up. Either way, the pathologist should be able to tell why it's there, what it is, and where it is coming from.

So again, we wait. And again, we ask for your prayers.
Do you get sick of us asking you for favors?
We hope you all know how thankful we are that we have friends we are able to ask, and ask, and ask.

We love ya.


The Falkers said...

You've got it friend! Love and prayers and more prayers! You are amazing and I just love your face! :-)

Sophia said...

Hayley. I just love you. You are a trooper and an example to us all. I've told you this before but didn't want you to forget it. LYB!


Candace said...

You have our prayers. We are praying for the very best. We sure love you guys.

Bre said...

Of course prayers are always your way Hayley, but we will send some extra special prayers your way that we can! Love ya!

Grandmajoann said...

Thank you so much for the good coverage of each procedure. It is wonderful that we can all be kept on this journey with you. We love you two and your darling little girls and of course, we pray always for all of you. I know all the family reads your blog but few probably comment....It doesn't mean they don't all care. Love again.

The Gundies said...

Sorry I have been so slow to comment on everything, but a lot has been going on for you guys! I am sadden by most of this news and want you to know I too am a pessimist, for reason we can discuss at a later time, but I just wanted to empathize. Trav is a tough bug and I know whatever happens to him is happening for reasons we don't understand with a higher purpose. I want you both to know that Bryon and I understand what your going through. I would hope you feel comfortable enough with that idea to call on us for anything anytime. (I just found out we are not in the phone book...weird huh. 208-747-3907)

jmn said...

Love you Hayley! You are all in my prayers...I think of you so often and wonder how the journey is going. Glad to have this blog to keep track. You and Travis are two amazing people. You make use all better just by knowing and watching you. Much love!