Cliff's brother took us to the hospital where we had a one o'clock appointment for Cliff to have a guided CT scan in radiology. A needle would be inserted between his ribs to draw off a pocket of water below his liver (the nurses called it an abscess, although the doctor never used that term) and a tube would be inserted so the drainage could continue. Now he has twin tubes, but he does seem to feel better except for soreness where the needle went through. His poor liver has been through the wringer. When they were done prying his gallbladder away from it the other day, they cauterized it. Now this.
He was awake for this procedure, because they had to have him hold his breath at times, but they used the same sort of drug to relax and semi-sedate him that is used during a colonoscopy, as well as a local anesthetic. Because they had the needle so close to his lung, an X-ray was taken after they were done to make sure no damage was done to the lung.
When he was brought out of the procedure, his color was better than it's been in two weeks. He is sore from the needle, and he's taking Tylenol for that. He has a prescription pain killer, but because it messes with his stomach, he refuses to take it.
Let's hope he continues to improve. I don't mind our having to deal with the tubes if he can get to feeling better. Somewhere along the line it was mentioned that he might have to have the stent in the bile duct removed and a longer stent put in. I don't know if that's a for-sure thing, or just something they were considering. My brain is on overload.
Once Cliff was in recovery yesterday we sent his brother home and called the oldest grandson to come and take us home. When we arrived home, the whole yard had been mowed by our son-in-law, which was a load off Cliff's mind.
The grandson and I went down in the woods Monday evening, and he fixed the fence. Now the cows will have to stay home. As always, Titan was right in the middle of things. We intended to hunt for morels when we finished this job, but by the time we scaled the steep bank of the canyon a couple of times, we were out of the mood.
I set out some tomato and pepper plants yesterday morning, and planted a row of green beans.