Wednesday, February 17, 2010

UGA Day 4, AM Update

She is doing well... but had a setback...

Spoke with Dr. Glassman just now. Starting at 8 PM last night, at Midnight, and at 4AM this morning, drew air out of her chest. The most it ever was about 60 mls. He said this is not a large amount of air compared to what he saw before (but it needs to be addressed). He said it is a bit discouraging, but at this point, they are not really sure it is coming from the lungs. If it were coming from the lungs, he feels like it would be more than that. He also said the fact that she didn't have any leakage for 24 hours after the surgery, makes him think it is not from the lungs. The most likely source is the chest tube itself. When she moves, there may be air getting in through the surrounding area of the tube.

This AM, they are going to unwrap the dressing and examine the tube site and see what it looks like. They are probably going to want to keep her for at least another 24 hours to see what happens. He said, alot of doctors would remove the tube at this point, but he is being more cautious about it at this point. They will leave the chest tube in at this point, unless they determine that is the source of the air entering. If it is the chest tube, they will remove it.

There is no evidence of infection. She has been up and exercising. She still hasn't eaten. Susan is going to try to give her warm water on her dry food and see if that would help. But the Doc doesn't know if that worked this morning. He thinks we need to visit tomorrow afternoon (need to be out by 6pm) and bring some treats/food from home and see if that makes a difference in her eating. Tomorrow is a surgery day, so he may not be available if we have questions. Also Susan may also be in surgery as well. There should be someone from the surgical team who will be there with us and if nothing else, he can call us back.

The exercise she has been doing is just going out and walking. They just monitor and see when she gets tired. Usually about 5-10 minutes.

9 comments:

Ruby Bleu said...

Minor setbacks probably aren't that unusual...still sounds like she is doing well. Gotta get the girl to eat 'tho. I'm sure she's going to be so happy to see you!!!

Hang in there...love Michele & Ruby

Randi said...

We are still sending good healing vibes to all of you..slowly but surly ....Sitka will be back to normal...she's getting her R&R now...

ALL PAWS & FINGERS CROSSED!

Love & Licks,
Randi

Maggie and Mitch said...

You need to eat, Sitka! PLEASE!
Paws remain crossed for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Cyber-sibes said...

Ou, she's going to love seeing you & getting home-style treats!

jack & moo still wooing fur woo

The Army of Four said...

Keep fighting, Sitka! And EAT! Please?
Play bows and prayers,
Zimmie

Lacy said...

I am sure after ur visit she will perk up and start eating..still thinking of her and wishing her a speedy recovery..

b safe,
~rocky~

Team Husky said...

We agree that minor setbacks can be expected - it sounds like efurything else is positive. We hope Sitka likes the yummy treats woo take her when woo go to visit.

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Huffle Mawson said...

Come on Sitka, you can do it.

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

Strong Husky Vibes! Strong Husky Vibes!Strong Husky Vibes!Strong Husky Vibes!!!!

Sitka. Food is nummy! You need your num, nums.

I am sure that when she sees you she is gonna go into hyper-overdrive. Snackies and some love will be great for her.

Paws crossed.

Luv,
Ozz and Zo