Friday, October 26, 2007

Bump on the road

Poor guy.
Not exactly a good start to things.
Buddy was supposed to have a central catheter placed today by the surgeons, to begin chemotherapy soon. For most, a simple day surgery. I got the call when I was halfway through rounds.

"He's developed a pneumothorax..."

An airleak into the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall. For some, this can be life-threatening (he's stable).

He spent a night in the hospital yesterday, and will probably spend another night tonight before they discharge him.

Feel free to pop by his Caring Bridge site to drop him some words of encouragement. As this really isn't my story to tell, I shall refrain from elaborating more on my blog.


Blogger Palmdoc said...

Oh dear. I do get my ports and Hickmans inserted by interventional radiologists nowadays. Percutaneous technique is less ttraumatic than cut-downs by surgeons.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shock to learn who your "buddy" is!!!His family are such close pals with our aunt and uncle who are also in disbelief.Your buddy is much loved.

12:12 AM  

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