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Posted Aug 24 2008 7:17pm
The xray came back and Tricia has a Pneumothorax (collapsed lung). It's moderate, which means she's still breathing with both lungs. As long as she sits in a certain position, the pain is

Sometime today (soon), they'll be inserting a chest tube to drain the fluid/air and relieve the pressure. If all goes well, the leak will heal on it's own and the tube can be removed within a few days. The procedure will take place in her room, with a little relaxing meds and local anesthesia. She'll still be able to move around, and there will be slight discomfort and pain afterwards.

Tricia has never dealt with pneumothorax or chest tubes before, and anything new brings apprehension and anxiety for her.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers today.

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