Lung RFA #2 – On the Treatment Flight
Just a quick update that my radiofrequency ablation (RFA) lung surgery #2 this morning was a success! It looks like another two lung tumors were successfully fried to a crisp – one more step forward on the overall therapeutics + surgery treatment path I wrote so excitedly about last week!. I’m determined to enthusiastically attack this disease from multiple directions – as the nurses in pre-op saw bright and early this morning 🙂
Unlike the first lung RFA I had last June, this one has been slightly more painful & a bit rougher (but not too bad!). I have a minor complication called a “pneumothorax”. Since probably 99% of you hit that link to find out what the heck a “pneumothorax” is and subsequently 99% of you are probably a bit panicked for my safety right now… yes “pneumothorax” is a fancy word for “collapsed lung”. But like most things in life, there is a spectrum and so far it appears to be just a minor pneumothorax in my case. Aside from some pain from a chest tube that needs to be in for now, I would have absolutely no idea I had this complication if they hadn’t told me! As of right now, I still hope to be home on Friday.
Staying in a hospital is never fun but I’ve kept myself occupied and distracted by my usual “various projects” while I’m here. I actually do most of my writing projects while undergoing treatments such as my weekly infusions – and surgical recovery is no exception as I have been trying to work on September’s The Currently Incurable Scientist column.
Where did the title to this post come from? I was joking with a friend via text after waking up in post-op about the joys of hospital food. I compared it to airplane food except this was hopefully the Flight to Remission. Although my overall goal is remission, it felt a little too cocky to put that as a title. But for the record, airplane food is better.
Thankfully I plan to be home soon 🙂