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Lung adventures.

Josh has been battling problems with his lung- after being home for only a day and a half from rehab, he was having some chest pains and troubles breathing in. So a trip to the ER and 6 hours later, it's discovered he had a pleural effusion! Originally it was thought he might have pneumonia or even potentially a blood clot in the lung, but only an effusion. This is where fluid builds up in the space between the lungs and the chest wall.
He was admitted to the hospital on a Monday and stayed 9 days with a chest tube draining fluid. A total of about 3 liters of fluid came out by the time he was released! Crazy. Lots of deep breathing exercises to keep that pleural space from filling up again.
This sort of thing happens usually when there is a bit of inflammation, probably from surgery. He did have his left lung collapsed during the surgery in February, so it probably stems from that. We are at the doctors today to see how is chest is doing and to see if anything further needs doing with it. Wish us luck!

Josh's back is doing well, healing up nicely and not too much terrible pain. There are good days and bad days of course, but at least he doesn't have to wear a brace!