thank you both so much, mom9mom and Ohio, and so quickly!
your story moved me and I hope things calm down for you...we do share similar things..I got the ards before my colon was removed and after I was put on life support, so like you, my incision was open (approx 4") and I too went in every other day to have what you did the cleaning out which is with a "wound vac" or vacuume for leakage.
as far as your questions regarding the ards, and lung problem...I never go to casinos anymore unless my husbands band is playing, and I have only done it once since ards..
I am so glad you shared your symptoms, because I thought I was alone in that feeling of lung pressure, pain, etc...I only stayed one hour and had to leave. Apparently from all the coughing I did upon awakening I broke some ribs, and have had extended pain. After the viral meningitis in august, again pain and a hard time breathing. There is a great site called
ards.org and this has helped me alot in understanding this problem. Also, I maintain appointments with my pulmonary specialist and ask these questions of him.. his response has been, that for us, it is easier to get "infiltrates" in the lungs than most. But my pulmonary function study test was normal in July...I had 60cc's of fluid come out of the tubes they had in my sides, as well as pneumonia...my lung never colapsed after like yours..and i have yet to cough up anything since thehospital.
Best advice, is walk, walk, walk, and take in fresh air as often as possible...and you survived for a reason/opportunity.
thanks for the advice OHIO76 AND MOM on the food/diet, and weight and for your prayers on the 8th. Mine will not be laproscopic, it will be a full 14inch cut, again; did this happen to anyone else?