June 22, 2011

Procedure Results

The first results of the biopsies won't be available for another week, but immediate appearance of the GI tract is normal; his airways, however are inflamed. No indication yet as to the cause of the inflammation, could be viral or bacterial infection from aspiration of food or refluxed stomach contents. No cause for concern yet, we'll wait and see what the biopsies show.
One snag with the bronchoscopy was that the pulmonologist was not able to retrieve all of the saline wash used to collect samples from the lung. The result being that the sample collected was smaller than preferred, but still enough to grow a general culture; the fluid left in Ambrose's lung should be absorbed by his body with no problems.
Ambrose was pretty cranky coming out of anesthesia, but was distracted and calmed easily when I pointed out the stars on his hospital gown and sang "twinkle twinkle little star".

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