Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chest tube

This morning Parkers effusion was worse. He peed his brains out last night and it didn't seem to help. So, he will be getting a chest tube sometime this morning. First they are giving him some fresh frozen plasma to reverse the coumadin effects.

After Parkers first surgery he developed chylothorax. This is where he can't absorb fat and it collects around the lungs. This might be the case again since the diuretics didn't work. The only way to know which problem it is, is to see the color of the fluid (it will be white if it is a chylothorax). The fix for the chylothorax is to drain the fluid and then .change his diet to absolutely no fat until he heals (6 months)

Parker is doing pretty good but you can tell he just doesn't feel good. He slept pretty good last night in between the diuretic doses. I will update after the procedure.

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Lauren said...

Aw, Kali, I'm sorry! I know y'all would love to be home and back to regular life. I'm praying for you guys Love you. =)

The Simmons Family said...

I'm so sorry for Parker! Owen had chylo after the Glenn. It's so hard to stay just waiting for draining to stop. He looks so pink and great...he'll get through this. Hugs to you guys.

Katie said...

Ugh- so sorry Parker had to have a new chest tube placed. He's really been a rockstar through all of this and I'm sure will keep rockin' it (with the help of a little drainage). He's been the happiest Fontan patient I've seen through blogworld! What a trooper :)Thinking of you!

Lyndsey Perez said...

Sweet Parker!!! So sorry he has to have another chest tube, no fun. But he does look amazing. Thanks for sharing his amazing story. He really touches my heart. I am praying for that little man, for sure!!!!! Take care of yourself Kali. Your strength amazes me too!!

Boonies in the Boonies said...

Praying for your sweet Parker! Lots of Love, Rebekah