May 6, 09 Wednesday
Val will undergo her thoracic surgery to place a chest tube in her right rib cage tomorrow at 12:30. She was seen by the thoracic surgeon Dr. Schmoker while Alison was there this morning. He explained that the fluid in the lung was from the cancer. He wants to have her move around into different positions after the tube is placed to attempt to get as much fluid as possible out by gravity. He will put in some flora to attempt to allow the right bottom lobe to de-scar and re- inflate it (if either of these are even possible). Val is on an IV in her arm, an extension of her porta cath IV from her upper left chest and 2% oxygen. Rudy and Lea visited this afternoon. Dad was home today to rest before her spends the day there tomorrow. Alison will be there tomorrow evening when Dad leaves.
Love and prayers to Val always...............Salynn