Sunday, August 12, 2012
Post Op Day #4 midday update
connie got his three chest tubes removed just after 10am. He had to abstain from food and drink until after the procedure, but it was worth it. He was rewarded with a jalapeno bagel and chocolate long john! They gave him a little morphine/versed concoction prior to, but it didn't stop the tears and begging them to stop. Hopefully he won't remember. Neither nurse could believe how far in his left pleural tube was. No wonder his back hurt! He watched a movie and then got up to walk to the playroom where he played Wii for about 30 min. and facetimed Mookie, Karsten and Grandma Marybelle. I could tell he was feeling better already because his pace playing the games was faster and he was even talking some to others in the playroom. He asked to go back to his room and lay down so we did. He ordered chili with jalapenos (Dad went to Subway to get him some peppers!) and jello and a gatorade. Now he's watching a movie and will probably nap soon. He hasn't had any oxycodone all day! He's alternating tylenol and Motrin. Tomorrow he will undergo all of the necessary tests and if they all check out, he will be discharged shortly after. He has no more lines in him and is only on the monitors. Aside from pain control meds, he's on enalapril (like pre-surgery), meds to help his belly move things along, and oral lasix. He's already at his dry weight, but they want to make sure he doesn't puff up now that he's off IV diuretics. Thanks for keeping him in your prayers. They are being answered!
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 2:01 PM