Went in Wednesday for Y90. Just like for mapping; socks only, IV, blood work, got a pillow cushion on my butt this time, then off to imagining. Things were a little more relaxed this time since they knew what medications they could and could not use. Morphine, Fentanyl, Pepto, Ibprofen, Zofran, Marinol on the no go list. Dilaudid on the unlimited list.
This time I got to see the room they did the procedure in. But only briefly. Procedure took 5 hours when it should have taken 2. Ran into a major complication. The fistula opened itself back up and attached itself to a bunch of vessels. Dr tried for over an hour to close the fistula but it just kept attaching to new vessels. Total bummer. So, they only got to treat the right side of my liver. Bubba was the only one to get the seedlings. They now have to figure out a new game plan to treat the other 2 tumors. Not sure when that will be but my body is totally up for a vacation from doctors and needles. So, I’m down for the wait. Also, I have to start seeing a cardiologist regularly because I now have high serotonin levels that are causing damage to my heart. Fa-freakin-blah. (Put a little thing at bottom of blog.)
Woke up in treatment room soaking wet with an a-line in right hand. Oh yea, no catheter this time so I totally peed myself. Had to pee so bad when I woke so they stuck a bed pan under my butt. Do you know how hard it is to pee laying down?!?
Laying flat 6hours……. When it gets closer to sending me home they take me off the pain meds to see how I’m feeling. Extreme chest tightness, soreness and then I start throwing up, which gets me a 24hour stay in the cancer hospital. Where I am completely in and out of sleep the entire stay. Doped up on pain meds, do blood work a few times, nausea injection, tums, indigestion meds. Saw a bunch of different doctors including my own. Everyone was on the same page with treatment for the radiation side effects so they sent my waddling butt home to rest comfortably. Didn’t get out of bed Friday. Today I’ve gotten up some more but still completely worthless. Liver is kicking my butt today. Can’t stand for more then 5 minutes without blacking out, entire right side aches and I’m really weak. Going to continue trying to get food in me and walking tomorrow. Praying I can go to work Monday but, we will see. The only thing that sounds good these days is SLEEP.
Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
According to the “Psychosomatic Medicine” article, higher levels of serotonin may contribute to harmful biobehavioral stress responses from the cardiovascular system. As a result of these stress responses, it is possible to experience higher levels of risk for future cardiovascular diseases. MayoClinic.com notes that serotonin syndrome, where high levels have built up in the system, can contribute to cardiovascular disease by contributing to incidences of irregular heartbeat. This is considered to be a very serious effect of serotonin on cardiovascular function, and should be reported to a doctor immediately.