February 2020 - my mom started complaining that she easily gets tired and experiencing shortness of breath with uncontrollable cough.
She went to the doctor for a check up and was referred to have a chest x-ray. On the x-ray result the doctor found pleural fluid on her left lungs and referred us right away for admission.
She was admitted in Medicus Medical Center Iloilo for 7 days. A series of tests were done and the Doctor suggested for an Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis and have the fluid examined.
We were relieved when we received the Cytopathology Report. NEGATIVE FOR MALIGNANCY. The Doctor then requested for a follow up chest ultrasound. The ultrasound showed progression of the pleural fluid from previously 460ml before the Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis to 816ml 2 weeks after the Thoracentesis.
The doctor advised to have her admitted again and do another Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis and have the fluid examined again to figure out the caused of the recurrent pleural effusion.
The second admission for the another Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis was postponed due to our financial incapacity until it was cancelled due to restrictions on admissions, lockdown and transportation freeze caused by COVID-19.