Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Ralph is scheduled for surgery on Thursday! The good news - it looks like they will do a procedure, and it should 'fix' his lung. Most likely, they will be able to remove the fluid and make a couple of small incisions to scope out his lung, and put in a "slurry" of talc powder that will adhere the lining together, and adhere the lung to his ribs, so it doesn't collapse again. It is possible that his lung has formed a membrane where the fluid has been building, in which case......they will have to do a larger incision and remove the membrane before they can glue his lung together (the membrane wouldn't let the lung expand fully - so it would have to go!) He goes in today for pre-op, and then they want him there early Wednesday morning to put in a drain for the fluid. He will stay overnight, and has the surgery on Thursday. It's gong to be a long day on Wednesday - just hanging around, being a drip! I need to load up the Kindle with some books for him - that might help pass the time.