janetg Posted April 18, 2005 Share Posted April 18, 2005 Hi, We had quite a weekend to say the least. Ron never did get to see the surgeon on Friday. On Friday night the lung specialist was called in and he bleakly told Ron and the rest of the family that things were not good at all and that is prognosis was poor. Ron, at that point, was placed on 100% oxygen and still couldn't breathe. The lungs were determined to be fine since the 1000 ml of fluid was drained on Thursday. He asked Ron to make the decision as to whether he wanted to be hooked up to a respirator should things continue to deteriorate. We were all in shock and crying uncontrollably - Ron wasn't crying - he just kept staring at the doctor as if to say "four-letter-word you." He's thinking - don't you know that I'm heading back into chemo to take care of this?? He spent a horrendous night on Friday and still no surgeon to drain the fluid that the oncologist wanted gone since Thursday. On Saturday morning, Ron's niece Carol (RN, CCU), was able to grab the best cardiologist from her unit to come up to the medical floor to see her "favorite" uncle. The cardiologist came down the hall within minutes with the portable cardiac ultrasound in tow. Within 5 minutes he determined that Ron had approximately 2800ccs of fluid in his pericardial sac. Boy, was he angry - first he told the Ron's nurse to get the surgeon on call now. Then he began flailing his arms telling Carol to get him to ICU - that Ron was too sick to be on this floor. This guy is incredible - He was really p>>>>>d off that Ron was left in this state without intervention. It was also determined that Ron was in renal failure by this time. Within two hours the pericardial window was in place and 1800ccs of fluid were drained. His kidneys began to function almost immediately after the procedure began. They kept him on the ventilator overnight (Saturday) to give his body a rest. He's sitting up today, still tired from the meds they've been zapping him with and cranky. Cranky is a good sign. He says the nurses are "mean" and that he doesn't love any of us. He's got tubes coming from his chest and a catheter in and IV with antibiotics. I'm heading back up to see him now. He's such a strong guy. All medical staff are pleased with his progress - hard to think that he would have died through the night Saturday had the procedure not been done. God was with us on Saturday - we had the best cardiolgist, the best surgeon and the best oncologist. His oncologist popped in to see him early Sunday morning - he was so upset that he had been away for two days. He thought that Ron would have had the procedure over and done with long before we reached the danger zone. Ron will be kept in ICU for the remainder of the week. The hope is that he will be strong enough to start chemo next week. The fat lady is really trying to sing the blues Ron's still trying to shut her up. Thanks again and again and again for the good vibes and prayers. Janet Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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