Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chunk of My Lung

Yesterday, my 16 year old nephew had thoracic surgery. This was mainly due to two separate spontaneous pneumothoraxes. Obviously, everyone was hoping for some non-surgical fix, but it was not to be.

So, he had minimally invasive surgery - three holes on the one side of his body, one being for the camera. Cool. I told him "chicks dig scars", but I don't think he cares - and clearly I have no real way of knowing this.....not first hand.

Actually he was so calm about the entire thing, I was quite proud. He was way more freaked out by the idea of getting the IV. I used to be that guy way back when too.

They took him in and removed a part of his lower lobe and then stapled something to something. Two hours later he was in recovery. He was out but not out. Couldn't open his eyes (or wouldn't) but could hear most everything and would pipe up with a comment now and again. I used to be that guy way back when too.

He doesn't know it, but I snapped some pics of him while he was out. They'll be fun to torture him with later. ...and no, I will not post them here.

He'll be fine. He'll be in mucho pain the next few days, but he's getting quality drugs: dilaudid for starters! NICE! He won't realize that until later, if he's anything like me.....and he is.

Song by: Jennis Joplin


Nik_TheGreek said...

Glad the procedure went well...
Tough to go through this now, in holiday season. Hope he'll be better soon

Jonny said...

Jennis Joplin...LOLLLLLLL

Birdie said...

When I was on serious painkillers after surgery, I actually thought "Dumb and Dumber" was hilarious. I have since seen it unimpaired. What was I thinking? The real problem was it made me laugh so hard it hurt my stitches. Give your nephew light comedies to watch.

the replicant said...

Glad he's OK. It's amazing how minimally invasive some procedures are becoming.