Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Update

As we prepare for bed, psalm 43, and verse 5 says "why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me?  Hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

Today's report was that the lung did not stay inflated but collapsed again (pneumothorax) when the suction was removed from the chest tube.  So, the suction was turned back on and we wait...the progression we are hoping for is:

1.  24 hours must go by on the suction before retrying
2.  Chest X-ray to see lung looks good.
3.  Suction is turned off and wet seal turned on.
4.  24 hours of wet seal to see lung hold to chest wall.
5.  Another chest X-ray to see lung stayed inflated.
6.  clamp the tube to simulate removing it.
7.  Wait a few hours to see lung hold.
8.  remove tube.
9.  Monitor after tube is removed.

If at any point the lung does not inflate/stay inflated, this will have been the second trial, and we would proceed to meet with surgeon to discuss talc being used to "stick" the lung to the chest wall.  This surgery is considered fairly small and is done using a scope.

So, I think that brings you up to speed.  Thank you again and again for your prayers and love.


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