The talc slurry was placed in the chest tube at 10:40a this morning. Derek felt some achy pain, so he was given fentanyl through his IV for that. He is resting comfortably now on his back. The schedule that follows goes like this...
11:10a. Move to left side
11:40a. Move to right side
12:10p. Up to chair, receive Motrin and norco for pain
12:40p. Take a short walk and then hook up suction for next 24 hrs.
Saturday at 12:45p unhook suction
Get 2 chest x-rays at different points to see how it's working. If it looks good, pull tube out and monitor for a few hours. Then, go home. I expect we might get home Sunday if everything goes well. A little 10th anniversary party is planned for us here at the hospital at 4p Saturday which we are looking forward to. We hope you all have a nice weekend! Our children sing in the church Easter program Sunday night, so they are looking forward to that.
Love to all,