Friday, November 28, 2008
EVENING update on dad November 28, 2008
Mom and Dad's anniversary July 12, 2008
Dad got his catheter removed.....and they are waiting on culture results to find out for sure whether it is a kidney or bladder infection and then how to treat it.
They attached a shorter tube to the chest tubing and attached that to the new portable machine so he can get up and walk around.
He DID get up and take a walk or two.
The chest tube will remain in there over the weekend at least.
The doctors came in to see him. They have all said his lungs are pretty bad....but the one doctor said he had seen some improvement in them since he was admitted. At least he felt there had been. Dad may have to go home on oxygen for a few days or so until he regains his lung functions/strength back which might be a process..because a lot of the tissue in his lungs has been damaged from the emphysema.
Mom and dad still don't know for sure what his options would be if this ever happened again....but I think the doctors are hoping this sticky stuff creating that seal inside his lung will work and hold for a very long time. I imagine the only other option would be surgery...even if they would not want to perform it.
Mom said dad and her watched a movie in his room today on the television and dad really laughed a lot...so he was in better spirits and feeling better it sounds like.
I will go see him again tomorrow or Sunday....maybe I will have some new photos after that.