Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Adding another JP - hubby's update

We woke up today with high hopes that we are heading home. But I guess not. He is been restless for staying in the hospital since last Thursday . It is better to stay here and they can take care of everything but on the other hand it is impossible to rest. So, we are both sleep drive specially him .

Doctors came in early with good and bad news . Their suspicion was correct. Based on the CT scan result, the first abscess shrunk but the second is not draining. So, he will have to undergo another 1 hours procedure where they can add another JP to drain the infection and it will be CT guided so they will not accidentally poked on anything important. ( cross my finger ! ) The good news, White blood cell count fall below and it means we will be out in here in a few days. There is also an infection in the incision but that can be taken care by oral anti-biotics ( I hope! ) We have been told since Saturday that we can go home but some things pop up that prevent doctors from sending us home. It's good in a way. I rather for them to take care of the infection rather than me panicking at home .

So, that's were we stand at this point. This coming Monday April 20th, I'm supposed to go back to work. I'm hoping I can really take a good rest . My kind of work is so demanding and entails attention to details. One wrong step is like a panic button ringing in every department.

I am currently waiting right now while blogging in Surgery waiting room. Someone will inform me if they are done. He went past 11:00 am and it is now 12:51 . Hopefully, everything is all right.

Definition of JP drain ( source: http://www.medterms.com/ )

JP drain: The original suction drain. The drain itself is inside the body. It is made of Teflon and has multiple drainage holes. The drain is connected to clear plastic tubing which is usually sutured to the skin at the point it leaves the skin. The tubing connects to a bulb reservoir. The bulb, when squeezed empty, applies constant suction to the drain and pulls the fluid out of the body. The drain is removed when the excess fluid has stopped draining from the body. A JP drain may be used, for example, for abdominal or thoracic drainage. JP stands for Jackson-Pratt.

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