It’s been a very long week, and here is the reason why, I’ll try to keep it to the short version…
Dad was put on oxygen during the nights a couple of weeks ago. As a follow-up the doctor did a chest x-ray and found a mass on his lung. They sent him for a CT scan and saw not only the mass but some nodules as well. He went into get a biopsy Friday morning. The week was full of a lot of talk about what-if’s and that bad word, cancer.
Mom called around 10am to let us know that it wasn’t a tumor, but the mass was actually a partially collapsed lung. They still took tissue and fluid samples. The doctor says he has a condition known as Pulmonary Sarcoidosis. The doctor is optimistic that it is treatable and dad will go see him next week to find out more.
During the biopsy they poked a very small hole in dad’s lung. They did warn them that this was a possibility and after not being able to get his oxygen saturation levels up high enough to release him they did a chest x-ray and found the small puncture. They admitted him at that point and put a small chest tube in (I’m including a small picture, you can enlarge it to see it if you want.) He is still at the hospital but doing well. Hopefully he’ll be able to come home today. *UPDATE- he won’t be headed home today, still too much drainage from his lungs. We’ll keep you all posted.*
On a side note the cadaver lab last night was just spectacular. It was so interesting and just wonderful to see all the little details about the human body up close. I can’t wait for the next one.