From Nolan Wright – Hard to Breath

Our friend Nolan has a really good post on their blog Wrights in Peru about how he is helping a  young cystic fibrosis patient as she struggles with the complications of her disease.

Marriela informing me her right side doesn’t hurt anymore (where the drainage tube was)

Marriela informing me her right side doesn’t hurt anymore (where the drainage tube was)

The past week I’ve been treating a little girl with cystic fibrosis.  Before coming to Peru, I had never seen a patient with this condition (basically all my experience has been in outpatient orthopedics).  She came to the hospital about 2 weeks ago from Cusco with difficulty breathing, fever, etc. and was quickly admitted to the ICU.  She was found to also have pneumonia.  I first saw her in the ICU about a week ago.  She had a drainage tube coming from the right side of her chest and had labored breathing.  I was asked to do some chest physical therapy to help with drainage in her lungs.  The treatment was a bit limited due to her pain and decreased mobility from the chest tube, however we got through the first treatment.

After a treatment

After a treatment

Read more on their blog at the link.

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