Figured everyone wants to know what is going on and realized I hadn't said much since the surgery. This time has not been as painful. Not sure if it's due to the fact of only one side, or just luck of where they located the tubes.
During surgery they put two chest tubes in the left side. Today they split the tubing out so they were each running to their own box so they could see which one the air leak was coming from. So far we are only seeing the leak on one tube so if tomorrow is the same, they will remove the one without the leak. The goal is to send me home with the other tube still in place and put a "heimlich valve" on it. It is basically a check valve to prevent air pressure from building inside the chest cavity. That would be removed eventually but I'm not sure when.
The doctor has said I will probably get out of the hospital this weekend or early next week. Thanks for all the prayers for us this week.
Derek & Leann