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Recovery is no straight line

I’ll start by saying that Gina seems to be doing much better as of this evening, but the past 48 hours have been pretty harrowing.

Gina was in pain and was having trouble breathing on Friday, so we were sent to the ER. MSK identified the issue as a plural effusion. They decided to perform a procedure to insert a drain. But one drain became two, and a simple operation became very long and complicated.

The procedure went well, but the recovery did not.

Gina came out of the anesthesia with severe pain, even more difficulty breathing, fevers, a high heart rate, back spasms, an irregular heartbeat, and a really low red blood cell count.

After many IV painkillers, anticoagulants, a nebulizer, antibiotics, and a blood transfusion—she’s finally starting to perk up and feel more like herself.

They’re still working on her pain and her breathing, but both finally seem to be moving in a better direction than they were on Friday morning, when we began this little detour.

Just one more reminder that as much as we’d like it to be so, there are no straight lines when it comes to treating cancer.

Thank you all for the late-night support. Here’s to a better tomorrow.


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