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Chest Tube Cocktail, with a Lung Wedge Twist

Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Medical Procedures and Other Drugs, My Health Updates - No comments

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Chris. He’s endured a lot this week, followed all the doctors orders, walked the hallways carrying his briefcase of blood, despite all the pain he’s been in. But, even the strongest man can be broken.

The worst part is that it happened right after we’d gotten great news. Around lunchtime, our world renowned (and I’m not even joking about that) surgeon, Dr. D’Amico (go ahead and google him), stopped by to tell us that he thought the chest tube could come out tomorrow and that we could go home! We had been really worried that Chris might not get out before Christmas, so this was especially good news.

But, all that happiness was undone in an instant. When our darling nurse nonchalantly mentioned that they were switching from heparin to lovenox. “Probably because you can take the lovenox at home,” she said.

(I realize that a brief medical explanation is necessary here). Heparin and Lovenox are both drugs that are used to prevent blood clots. They are injections. In your stomach.

So, not only was she coming by to give Chris his shot. In his stomach. She also was letting us know that once we got home, I would be giving him shots. In his stomach. I could see the panic on his face, sweat beads forming on his forehead.

I tried to reassure him but this only made him skeptical. “Do you want to give me shots? In my stomach?”  “No, of course not,” I lied.

Then I reminded him that I have a gentle way with doctors. I’m like the doctor whisperer. I would use my powers to subtly convince them that this course of action was not a good idea.

Fortunately for all, no “whispering” was necessary. The whole thing was a simple misunderstanding. And while he’ll still have to have at least one more lovenox injection, Chris will not be leaving the hospital with any vials. Just lots of painkillers. (And if negotiations are successful, a briefcase of blood).

Chris is still uncomfortable and in a lot of pain. But, we’ve been assured by lots of folks who’ve
gone through the same surgery that once the chest tube is out tomorrow, things will get much better. Today’s news was an answer to prayers and we want to thank all of you for your messages of love and support.

We‘re looking forward to getting home to our girls and serving our new recipe for Christmas brunch, “Chest tube cocktail with a lung wedge twist.”

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