Update I went back to hospital last night for shortness of breath, they gave me 4 unts of blood and a plerual tap to remove fluid from the lungs. I am home again.
Wow, Rollo! You have been through so much - glad to hear you are home again. ((hugs))
My air is only 94 yesterday they wanted 96 but let me come home anyway.
Keep doing your deep breathing exercises. They should have given you a little plastic device called an incentive spirometer which you really should use 10x on the hour. As much as it hurts, try to get up and walk around-- when you're in pain, especially due to the chest incision, you'll feel tempted to take small shallow breaths to minimize the pain. Without your lungs fully expanding, this creates a nice space for the chest fluid to reaccumulate, so as minor as it seems it's really important.
I hate how cardiac surgeons put everyone on metoprolol postoperatively. There's lots of data that shows immediate beta-blockade saves lives only if you were on a beta-blocker preoperatively. You didn't have heart surgery, you weren't on the heart-lung machine, so there was no need for it. I also hate how they transfuse willy-nilly. Transfusions carry a great deal of risk, most often immune depression, reactions and something called TRALI (Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury). In general surgery we don't transfuse until the hematocrit is<22 or the hemoglobin is <7; cardiac surgeons want everyone above 30. Constant battles there.
Anyway, feel better, breathe deeply, and here's hoping the final pathology report is what they suspected!
Thank you blade it means so much to have your insight, in fact I feel quite teary.
You have inspired me re the spirometer they told me 4 puffs an hour.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
I have been getting some nausea lately and smells/perfumes make me feel sick. My appetite is returning but it is very picky.
Glad to hear you're home. I'm sending happy thoughts your way. ((hugs))
Thank you to everyone for supporting me daily through this recovery, it means a lot I can't send a personal thank you to everyone but please know how much it means to me.