Journal entry by Charlene Johnson

Mark had his surgery today. We are praying this is the last major hurdle in his journey to get home.

It was a major one for sure. Even with the epidural he was in so much pain when he woke up. They cut him open this time rather than doing it laparoscopically. So he has a rather large incision under his armpit. They removed a lot of infection on the top of the lung and now he officially only has about 2/3 of his right lung remaining. Unfortunately once they got his pain under control they discovered that his suction wasn’t on. He was supposed to be hooked up to suction immediately after surgery to get all the blood and fluids out and to hold the lung open. Because they failed to do this his lung collapsed and it caused Mark more pain. Let’s just say we all should be happy that we weren’t his nurse then this discovery was made. He was an unhappy patient.

It will take him a little longer to recover from this surgery but with his determination we know that he can beat all odds.

His sense of humor is intact however. He asked Kris to send Carla and I a picture of him so we’d feel sorry for him and bring him Krispy Kreme donuts. How can you say no to that? So we made it happen!

The worst is over big bro, you’ve got this!
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