Sunday, May 24, 2009
Lung Surgery No. 2
Friday was a much better experience than the first lung surgery - we were only 75 minutes late but it sure seemed like it was on time. Everything went well and they removed only the 3 spots that were noted in the scans. She came out of surgery with only one chest tube this time which, I am told, means they are expecting less drainage. They removed the left chest tube today but the right chest tube that she got a week ago is still in since they are still getting a little fluid and air leakage. This second surgery they tried a new method of moving nerves around during surgery to try and reduce post-operative pain - Angie is on the cutting edge and will be able to give them a comparison between the surgeries. If Friday night is any indication, the pain isn't any better. We had a fun experience with Angie's arm going numb, the epidural getting turned off, Angie's arm regaining feeling, then the epidural being left off way too long. Apparently shift change is more important than patients in agony. So, we should get biopsy results in the next day or so. They indicated that Angie may get out on Monday but we're guessing Tuesday is more likely. Angie would like to get the remaining chest tube removed before she heads home. For you Yanks out there, enjoy the rest of your long weekend. Angie will be back to blogging in a few days.
Posted by Angela Clarno at 2:58 PM