John Forrest here. It's been a good few days with some good forward-moving progress in my healing. I've made it down to one chest tube on my right side. As far as we know, this one will be left on for a little while longer because it's helping to expand my entire right lung. The team will assess later today.
Yesterday afternoon, I was moved to a normal room on the post-surgical floor. My room is at the end of the hall, so it's very quiet at night and we are able to shut the door. It's such a welcome change from the ICU. I was able to sleep, but it's going to take me a while to sleep through the whole night again. There's lots of Netflix to be watched in the middle of the night in the meantime.
Today, my team discontinued my IV pain medication. That means I'm only connected to the chest tube now -- so my movement is much less limited.
All the movement now is toward being discharged from this lovely place. It's been fun, but I think it's about time for us to go.