I recently had a large hernia repair, got a horrible bacteria infection, and ended up back in the hospital for 8 days. Prior to going to the ER, my stomach was so distended and I couldn't even bend to get up or down. I know a ton of fluid was taken out of me at the hospital. All I remember is only from my lung area, there had been 4 lbs. of fluid! I also got the blood transfusions. I was drained 3 times during my stay and sent home with a drain tube - that was 6 weeks ago! I was also put on massive dosages of Antibiotics. Last week the tests were finally showing no bacterial growth. The last few days, my fluid output has been in a nprmal range (under 30 cc), so I may be able to have this drain taken out tomorrow! Can't wait. My stomach is still puffy I also had Cytoreduction/HIPEC at the same time as the hernia repair, so my guts have been terribly abused recently. The stomach certainly isn't as big as it was when I went to the ER, and seems to get smaller every day. I'm sure having the drain tube removed will make a big difference. I was supposed to restart chemo for 3 months, but my ONC won't even think of starting it until I'm drain tube free and show no signs of the bacteria issue. Good luck to you. I will freely admit, when I went to the ER, I was in so much pain that was the first time I wished for a massive coronary to end all this misery. Of course, today I'm feeling really good and glad I didn't die.
Stage IV w/liver met dx 7-1-09
Member of the HIPECKERS (2011) and OLYMPHIANS (2012)
2/14 - standard chemo has stopped working
3/14 - Stivarga