Monday, November 2, 2009

Post-Surgery Visit

Hubs and I got to see Chase for about 5 minutes once he was stable in the PCICU following his surgery. They had a blanket over him so I didn't see his open chest or any of the chest tubes, lines, etc. that were added during the surgery. He looked very peaceful and not as swollen as I was expecting, although we were told he would get more swollen over the next day or two. Luckily we were very pleased to hear he was already peeing out some of the excess fluid, which was a big blessing to know his renal system was functioning well so soon after surgery. We were also told they had been able to reduce some of the medications he was on as well! This is all very encouraging!!!

I will admit I'm fearful of the next 24 to 48 hours as Chase's body responds to the major changes to his heart and circulatory system. I'm scared we're going to get a call at 2AM telling us something is terribly bad with him. But I know that's just my human side trying to prepare for the worst-case scenario, when truly I should be focusing on the miracle of what God did in Chase's life today and the peace He's given me for our future and our little boy! This is hard but I know it's doable with God in control of our lives.

Here's a post-op pic of my little champ!!

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2:55 PM - Surgery Complete!

We just met with Dr. Hsia and he told us Chase is out of surgery and is getting settled into the PCICU! The surgery was a success and he was able to accomplish everything he wanted to. Chase has been responding VERY well and we are very encouraged! Dr. Hsia did tell us the next 24-48 hours are the most critical as his heart and circulation react to the major changes that were made during the surgery. Please continue to keep Chase in your prayers as we anxiously await his recovery over these next few days/weeks. Truly we can't breathe a sigh of relief until after his second surgery, the Glenn, which won't take place until he's 4-6 months old. Please pray for God's peace to fill us during this time.

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers for our sweet baby boy!!!

2:02 PM - Update

They are closing up, bleeding presently under control. Anticipate them arriving to PCICU in about 20-30 minutes.

Praise God!!!

We won't be able to see him for at least another hour, I'd guess. This day has been very hard but God has clearly been with us, carrying us through.

1:05 PM - Update

They have just now come off heart lung bypass, so far so good, there is the typical bleeding that we see, so they are working on that. Chase remains very stable.

Please keep praying for our sweet baby as they finish up his surgery. Thank you!

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12:14 PM - Update

All continues to go well, they are about 75% of the way there, baby Chase remains very stable, will send another update in an hour.

Thank you, Lord, for watching over my sweet baby boy!

11:08 AM - Update

They are better than half way there, all is progressing as planned and Chase is very stable. Will send another update in an hour.

Praise the Lord for His continued guidance and faithfulness!

10:07 AM - Update

They are still working away, Chase remains very stable. Will send another update in an hour.

9:09 AM - Update

All is going well in the OR, they are on heart lung bypass working away, baby Chase is very stable.

We will get hourly updates until the surgery is finished.

Praise God for His hand at work in that OR! Praise Him for keeping my son in His hands!!!

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8:22 AM - Update

We got our first update, althought it wasn't an "official" update. They said Chase is doing great and is very stable. Praise the Lord! We're not supposed to start getting "official" updates until 9:00 AM.

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6:33 AM - Surgery Begins

They took my precious boy back for surgery this morning at 6:33 AM. It was all I could do to keep from falling as I watched him be rolled down the hallway towards the OR. My heart is breaking at a human level as my baby boy is heading in for a complex, life-saving open-heart operation. But I know that my sweet son is in the best hands possible: God's.

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