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12/22/2016 Latest post:
My dad, Frank, has been in the hospital since Oct 29th. Mom took him to the ER after a few days feeling ill. Diagnosed with mild pneumonia and a few days in the hospital he was sent home with some antibiotics and O2 24/7 since he was having a difficult time maintain his oxygen sats. A few days after being sent home he went for a follow up with his pulmonary doctor and was immediately admitted back into the hospital for a biopsy pertaining to his ILD (interstitial lung disease ). After the biopsy he did have a chest tube in him for about 5 days, after suffering from a partial collapsed lung and some TLC from the hospital staff he was able to have it removed and released to go home. He was sent home and did have some difficulty maneuvering around by himself but with the help of my mom by his side everyday and us kids to help with any needs he needed, his spirit has been good. Two weeks after being home he had a sudden onset of subcutaneous emphasima and was rushed to the ER. After a day or two the swelling had not gone down and they reentered his chest tube. The swelling was able to reduce to a minimum. The chest tube was removed and with in a couple days dad was still not getting the oxygen he needed so they decided to put the chest tube in again. However the air leak from his right lung was not able to heal on its own, however the doctor decided to go back and perform surgery to close up the air leak. With success he was able to find the leak and close the hole. Since then he has still had the chest tube in him and being very weak he has been bed ridden most of the time. After a day of physical therapy dad became over exerted and caused his heart rate to go up. Since then they have monitored him daily to maintain his levels. Also with his daily xrays they are monitoring his lung and the air leak as it has returned for now. We are still waiting to hear if he will have sx again with in the next couple of days.