procedure to drain lung cavity

Justin: Mom had her surgery today.  She just got home 15 minutes ago and is sore and tired.

They called her today and said her surgery is tomorrow.  Then they called a bit later and said it’s been bumped up to today at 12:45PM.  It’s now 4:00PM, and she’s resting in her armchair.

The ‘procedure’, they call it, was to take fluids out from between the lung and the rib cage.  They poked a hole in through the right side of her back while she leaned forward over a pillow.  They anaesthetized her twice, but it was still apparently painful.  She hollered out loud and even, at one point, cried.  Not a painless experience.  The device expanded outward like an accordion while inside her to a length of about a foot (30 cm).  It contained holes for the fluids to drain through, like a sprinkler hose.  Just under one litre of fluid drained out the tube in her back and into a bottle.  Apparently 1~1.5 litres is average.  While draining, it was apparently painless.  Mom apparently almost fell asleep while it was draining.  What came out was dark red.  The doctor said everyone’s fluids are different colours depending on how much ‘crap’ they have floating around in it.  The whole thing took about 15 minutes.  She might have to have this done several times during her life.

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