Jul 31, 2012 - 2:09 pm
I am new here, I posted my first post yesterday asking about the leak in thoracic duct, and I did get informative info from William! And he asked me to give more information regarding my mother surgery. So I am writing this post.
My mother had a transthoracic esophagectomy on 7/19, everything went well initially beside of low blood pressure, and she stayed in CVICU for 8 days. Then was transferred to other floor when the blood pressure was under control on the 9 th day. Unfortunately, her condition started to deteriorate on the 10th day. First the drainage from the chest tube was milky white which is called chyle leakage. The her left arm became swollen. My mother condition is not getting better. Beside of the leak in the thoracic duct, she has no appetite to eat, she has blood clot due to the Pitt line on her left arm, her body produce antigent eating up many of the blood platelet and now the her plate count is only 9 because of the medicine to prevent blood clot, and a different type of blood clot med is been giving to my mother, her kidney is not working adequately to produce enough urine, and today they just found her number of white blood cell is increased which is an indication of infection, and she is going to have antibiotic through IV. I asked the Dr. regarding her chance of living, the Dr. said her condition is going to get worse before she gets better. What should we do? I am extremely concern that she might not make it and I am helpless. Please share any information you have. Please pray for her that she will recover from all the complications.