3 Dec 18

By Dominic Byrne

Single Parent Getting After It

So Lou’s right lung is full of fluid again. If you look up side effects for “pleural effusion” you will get:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A dry cough
  • Pain
  • A feeling of chest heaviness or tightness
  • Inability to lie flat
  • Inability to exercise (or move in our instance)
  • Generally feeling unwell (Understatement)

She fits that textbook description to a tee.

We received a big blow today with one of Lou’s treating doctors delivering his candid opinion on Lou’s situation. Dr Arhnold said that Lou’s liver is not healthy enough for his treatments. He said that she should be in palliative care. Ouch.

He said the large liver tumour and tumour cells are next to the right lung, this would be causing the fluid issues. His radiologist took me through the MRI’s and said that 80% of Lou’s right liver lobe is covered in metastasis.

He said that her brain function and memory issues are a result of the compromised liver and also the chemotherapy. The tumours, low bloods, poor oxygen levels, fluid in the chest and the chemo drugs is the reason she is so unwell. That all makes sense but it’s a real blow to have a Doctor express that his treatments won’t help her.

Dr Vogl still wants to help. Vogl will remove the fluid at 1pm tomorrow. It’s a painful procedure so Lou’s not exactly excited about it. He plans to do the other half of the liver (Transarterial chemoembolization – TACE) on the 14th.

Nothing much positive to add today. It is what it is.


  1. We are thinking of you all the time back here! Know you are not alone. Sending a heap of love xx

  2. Hi Guys,
    The whole family has been following your story and it is really tough. My mother passed away 10 years ago on the 15th of December from cancer and my best friend had oesophageal cancer at the age of 34. So I have some idea about What you’re going through. But mostly I’m just really hoping you get some better news soon. Everyone here is thinking about your whole family and sending all the best and most positive vibes too you. Be strong for each other and savour every moment.
    All the very best,
    Chris Hong

  3. Oh! Louise , I have tears in my eyes thinking of you and the suffering you are enduring . It is not fair. I m thinking of you , love and light.
    Lots of courage to you Dominic in such a challenging time.
    Best wishes. Catherine.

  4. Please tell Louise the Berres family loves her and is praying for her. Prayers coming from America. Hugs.

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