Ever wonder what fluid around the lungs looks like?! This is it!
Jeff successfully had the fluid drained.
I wanted the doctor to put the amount of fluid drained into perspective for me. I questioned if it was a lot. The doctor responded, “well, it’s not good”.
That didn’t satisfy me, so I pressed, “but in comparison to other patients … have you ever drained, say, 4 bottles?” (Each bottle holds about a quart of fluid.)
The doctor said they’ve drained 4 and even more. So while Jeff was deemed “not good”, we realized it could have been so much worse.
With the blood transfusion, drained fluid, Lasix, and continuing to wrap his legs to push the fluid up and out, Jeff should be breathing and maintaining his oxygen levels much easier now.
They would have preferred Jeff stay Tuesday night for 1 more night of observation, however they basically gave him a choice and Jeff elected to go home. He was just done with being away from home and felt reasonably well. He was finally discharged around 7:30 Tuesday night.
I’m relieved Jeff is maintaining his oxygen levels, he is actively combatting the fluid retention, and we know his heart looks mostly ok.
However, we haven’t met with anyone about the cancer in his brain. I don’t have any new information on that nor do we have any type of treatment plan in place yet.
We don’t follow up with radiology until August 18. I fail to understand the sense of urgency and find this very upsetting. I’m grateful Jeff is back home though where I know he’s comfortable.