Moved to the floor, some tough times
Paul has been moved to the floor. He moved late Wednesday night and has been loving being at his favorite hospital home, 6C. We are loving it too as it is a much more warm and comfortable environment than the PCICU and is a bit more slower paced. Paul continues to have struggles with his lungs sounding junky, his throat and vocal cords being sore, and he has chylothorax in his chest tube output. Chylothorax is the presence of lymphatic fluid in the pleural space resulting from disruption or obstruction of the thoracic duct. It is not very common in cardiac surgery though it is a complication that is seen. His case of chyle is minor, so we are just waiting to see if it resolves on its own. If not, we will switch to a low fat formula to treat it. We went through this during the last surgery as well. Paul has also been having low grade fevers and the team is having trouble getting an IV in. As I write this a team is attempting to insert a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC or PIC line) as a form of more permanent intravenous access. He is retaining lots of fluid and needs IV diuretics to get the fluid out. He is having a tough day today and it is hard on all of us. Please pray for healing and continued strength. Please pray that his little lungs get better and that this bump in the road is minor, not major. We appreciate your continued support.