lung powder surgery

Justin: Mom has been weak the past few days.  She cannot walk by herself this morning.  She had surgery to put a type of powder in the cavity around her right lung to prevent fluid build-up.  She was in hospital here in Lethbridge for two nights.

Glenn is here during this time.  We visited Mom for a couple of hours and brought her flowers.  “Something told me you liked roses,” I said.  I got a funny look, like duh.  “You know, one rose will do the same as a dozen.”  She’s said this before.

Her bed moved up and down with air pressure.  I guess it’s a way of preventing bed sores and / or getting better blood circulation.  She didn’t really like this sensation at all.  She asked a nurse if she could have a regular bed, and they said all their beds do that now.

Mom was very weak then, too, and felt ill.  She said she wasn’t really eating much at all.  Her idea was that she should be fed nutrients intravenously.  I asked the nurse if this could be set up.  She said it was up to Dr. Oviat and that he would arrive soon.  I asked her for some Boost, a supplemental drink, but this only made Mom more nauseous.  She was on morphine (5mg) every 6 hours, Tylenol (325mg), and Gravol for her stomach.

As her dinner came while Glenn and I were there, she felt sleepy and didn’t eat much.  And, as recovery needs more sleep, Glenn and I left.

Mom didn’t really want to have surgery that day because she felt so ill.  Later on, however, when the Gravol took effect, I guess she changed her mind.  Dr. Oviat showed up and performed the surgery.  It was extremely simple.  I don’t know much about the procedure or even what it is called.  A powder, like talcum, is injected via a tube into the lung sack.  It irritates the lung cavity lining and prevents fluids from forming.  This should decrease coughing.

Floyd visited a few times, too, of course.  He didn’t really say much – just that she was resting.

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This morning she has a slight fever (37.7°C) and cannot get out of bed.  She curled up on the end of the bed until Floyd and I helped her back to bed.  If her fever continues today, we’ll call a homecare nurse.  I’ll go get her wheelchair now, just in case we have to leave for the hospital.

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