Hi, Gary. Yes, the drains are a temporary solution to the abdominal fluid. Thankfully, I finally said goodbye to the last one about a month ago. My fluid retention is now being managed with diuretics and watching my salt intake. I think whatever I have gone through is so that I can empathize with others and offer information and support. At least, that gives it purpose for me.
Mer, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. You will find a lot of information and support here.