Anyone who knows me well enough knows I like to joke and laugh. So does Jake. His sense of humor (and smile) are what drew me to him the first time we met. We like to laugh about the same things, although, he will tell you I'm a little more "open" sometimes than I should be and maybe that's true, but I think this week I've earned some "open" time. Feel free to skip this post if you feel it might offend you. Not my intention. Just want to make you laugh and smile. :). So, pull up a chair and stay awhile. Here is a post dedicated to my hospital journey thus far.
I've had problems with my catheter since Day One. I get air blocks once or twice a day which means it feels like I really need to go #1, but it's really just the catheter having problems. I had a great moment a couple days ago as I was walking on the treadmill with my friend, Ashley, the exercise therapist. She had to leave and help another patient for a minute, so I got Jeff to monitor me while she stepped out. In those few minutes I suddenly felt wetness down below. It turns out the balloon at the end of my catheter had shifted a little, causing some "bladder fluid" to drip down my legs as I continued to walk. I believe Jeff was *slightly* disturbed by the incident, but have been told he is "used to stuff like this." Hmm... for some reason, I'm not entirely believing that to be true.
Well, that's enough stories for one day. As for an update, last Saturday the suction for my chest fluid was turned off, and then I was monitored for 24 hours to see how my body reacted. The next day the suction was turned back on because it looked as though my remaining lung was moving downward a tiny bit and had the potential to collapse. The doctor had me wait it out a few more days, and then finally turned off the suction again today. I'll have another x-ray in the morning and Dr. Reid will decide if I go back on suction, or the tubes get clamped for the day. If they get clamped, good sign. They will monitor me for another 24 hours. If I'm still good, the chest tubes will be removed, along with the picc line, catheter, and epidural. I'll be transitioned to percocet for the pain and if all goes well, the earliest I could leave would be Thursday night, but the doctor said more like Friday. We are cutting this 5K close. We have a wheelchair ready and waiting for me to use on Saturday morning. Crossing my fingers I'll be able to make it!
Well, that's it for now. I will try and update tomorrow once we know more.
Thinking of You
5 days ago