Nov 27, 2009 - 12:28 pm
Tough times ahead. Got the BIG GIRL PANTIES on!
Roy has been on the ventilator since his surgery on November 23. His lungs aren't working properly (due to COPD and pneumonia). Doc says a trach tube would be better for him. So they are putting that in today, along with a "filter" to catch any blood clots. His right arm is extremely swollen. They suspect it may be a blood clot. They did a doppler on him on Wednesday but couldn't even see any blood vessels at all because his arm is too swollen. They put him on a "chilling blanket" to try to reduce his fever, but it is staying elevated. They are keeping him sedated so he is comfortable. His feeding tube was clogged, so they put coffee in it (he would be thrilled to know that, he loves coffee!) Boy are we gonna have the stories to tell him when he wakes up!
Has anyone out there had any lung issues after surgery or had to have a trach put in?
I'd appreciate any help anyone can give me with this. Please keep us in your prayers, too.