Friday, May 9, 2014

Fontan Post-Op Summary

I know it's been a few hours since my last post, and I apologize for the delay in sharing a summary of Chase's day! We've been by his side since 2:45 PM and his ICU room has been buzzing all afternoon/evening as the team works to keep him comfortable and moving forward with his recovery.

As I mentioned in my last post, his surgery went perfectly and his surgeon was very happy with everything. The only "issue" they had was that for some reason, Chase came out of the OR red. Yes, red. They assumed it was an allergic reaction to something, but weren't able to pinpoint what. It quickly dissipated and his color was pretty normal when we first saw him. In fact, we finally saw a PINK(er) Chase! His oxygen saturation was much higher -- due in part to his new Fontan circulation and his 100% O2 ventilator settings.

It is now 9PM and we are working on slowly weaning him off of the ventilator so we can get the breathing tube out. He's still completely sedated and the plan is to keep him that way to allow him to continue to rest throughout the night. I plan to stay by his side, which is made much easier by the fact that we are in a "private" room in the PCICU. They are very family-centered here and allow us to stay bedside 24/7 if we choose (and believe me, I choose to do so!!).

I'll update more later as we make progress, but I'm hopeful it's a quiet night for us both.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for our sweet boy!!!

- Posted from my beloved iPhone

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