Paracentesis – A New Experience

May 2, 2023

I was still swollen and in pain. It had been 8 days since I first started feeling bloated. At this point I was barely eating, and it was getting difficult to move. It felt like I was just carrying bricks around and everything was going to split open at any moment.

I was scheduled for a paracentesis at 10am. After arriving at the hospital and waiting almost an hour they told me that they weren’t ready for me, and I would need to come back at noon. So we drove home and waited, then drove back and waited some more. When they finally saw me, they took my vitals and did another ultrasound to confirm the fluid buildup.  They drained 4 liters of fluid from my abdomen, an instant 8.8lbs lost!

I felt better, but I was still having sharp pains. It was a relief that nothing was pushing up against my lungs and I could breath again, but now we were still just waiting to find out what was really going on with my body 🙁

Hoping to get an update in a day or two after they test this fluid.

-Tamika