Well, it seems there were some crossed wires yesterday and the radiologist who drained some fluid thought he was taking a sample for analysis whereas Jas wanted all of the fluid drained off to give my right lung more room to expand, as well as taking a bit for the lab. So, looking slightly exasperated, Jas asked again this morning for the fluid to be drained fully and an xray taken.
Having all the fluid drained was a particularly unpleasant experience. Lots of local anaesthetic which hurt like hell as it went in quite deep into my back and then a larger needle and a system of plumbing that allowed the doctor to suck out syringes full of the orange liquid and then squirt them into a jug. He managed to collect 300ml in total which surprised him and me. So perhaps I now have an extra 1/3 litre of capacity in my right lung? I can't feel any difference.
This afternoon I'll have the xray, get some discharge talks and letters and be off home. 21 days post-op. This time 3 weeks ago I was an hour and a half out of theatre and in intensive care, still very much sedated. It's been quite a ride over the weeks but I'll be very glad to get home. Here's hoping it is easier and more successful than the weekend leave last weekend.
I'll have an appointment every week for the next 12 weeks so they'll be keeping a close eye on me.
5 weeks ago