Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mayo - now Right Lung

We made it up to Rochester without incident.  It was slow going for an hour or so with solid ice on I-74 but once it cleared up, the roads were dry the rest of way.  Thanks to Dad Sauder for driving us up.  I had one MRI last night and the other ones this morning.  I was supposed to have a PET scan this afternoon but at a Dr mtg in-between, he could tell my right lung had the weaker sounds.  I had a little pain on the way up that made me wonder, but it's been really hard to tell what short of breath is.  So I wasn't surprised when a chest xray showed that the right lung had collapsed.  (Chest tube is currently in the left side)  So I'm scheduled for tomorrow morning to have the pleuridysis done again to both sides.  This time they'll make 3 incisions or so per side and stick a scope in so they can really look around.  The surgeon will do physical abrations in addition to the talc.  I'll be put out for all this.  He also plans to biopsy one of the nodules that the lung xrays have been showing.  So we'll finally know what that is all about.

Overall this is not a good step.  But we are glad to be at Mayo where stuff just happens so fast.  This doctor seems to know what is going on.  He said 4-6 days in the hospital, but hard to say exactly for sure.

Thanks for all the prayers that have already been offered on our behalf.  God is in control and we are not going to stop trusting in Him now.  We'll keep you posted once we know more.

Derek & Leann


  1. Derek & Leann-
    Thanks for the update. While it saddens our hearts to not hear the positive report we were hoping for, we are thankful God is in control. Many prayers are being offered on your behalf.
    Much Love-
    Rick & Michelle Kaisner

  2. Sorry to hear this but glad you let us know. We'll keep praying.

  3. Glad you made it safely.I well remember slick,snowy roads when taking my father-in-law there years ago, but also know the feeling of the quick response time and knowledge felt in the Mayo community when faced with a puzzling situation. Will pray for God's will and be checking for updates. We need the prayers of those we love. Beth S.