Well Abe was feeling some better today. When I got there he was taking a sponge bath and I finished helping him. They had stripped his bed of the dirty sheets and everything, so after his bath was done and he had on a new clean gown and pajama bottoms, I went ahead and made up his bed. That gave me something to do. I thought this way if he got tired from sitting he could always get back into the clean bed. The nurse and the aide seemed happy that I helped. I think they may have been short handed with it being Sunday.
Had lunch with him, a guest can buy a tray for $5.00 which really is cheaper than going to their cafeteria. We visited for a while longer and then I came home. It was rainy and misty all day. Of course I missed the thoracic surgeon. He came in before I got there. And then I left around 2 pm and of course the lung doctor stopped in about five minutes after I left. So I missed him also.
The surgeon said he wants to do the least invasive procedure, which would be to do nothing. Or they can try blowing more of that talc into the chest tube, or they can make several small incisions and go in and take a look at the lung and make sure the talc covers it completely. Anyone of the things they talked about does NOT guarantee that it won’t happen again. It could happen again in a couple of weeks, or it could happen in a year or it may not happen again. At first Abe thought he might just come home and forget about the whole thing if it could happen again even with the surgery. I told him to talk to the lung doctor and ask him what he would do if it were him. Lung doctor said he would do the surgery. Even if they don’t staple the blebs, at least the lung could be covered better with that procedure. The surgeon said by stapling the blebs, since there are so many, it would diminish his lung capacity. So I said perhaps they could just coat it and leave the blebs alone.
So as of this evening, Abe is considering doing the surgery with the two or four small incisions. It would probably take place either Tuesday or Wednesday. I talked to him this morning early, then when I got home from visiting him, plus I just talked to him about fifteen minutes ago.
Of course they are talking about an ice storm hitting us Tuesday, so we will have to wait and see. Our weather men like most always seem to jump the gun and then when we least expect it, we get a huge storm.
That’s it for tonight. Hope everyone had a wonderful week-end.