Wow. What a day.
Leo was being such a goof after taking a sedative before being admitted. (I’ll try to post a video to our Facebook page later). Love our goofy and brave little man! The hardest part of the day was handing Leo off to the OR nurse! Always the most emotional part! Crazy how much love and concern you can feel for your kids!
Leo was in the OR from around 9am to 5pm, about 8 hours in total. As tired as we are, we can’t imagine being the surgeons and nurses in the OR! We will never be able to express our gratitude to those amazing men and women taking such wonderful care of baby Leo.
We were happy to see how well Leo looked after surgery. They were able to close his chest up (about 70% of the time they leave the chest open for a day or two), which we are so thankful for! Leo is still intubated on a ventilator, and they’ll be keeping him paralyzed for at least the next 24 hours.
Lot’s of wires – it looks worse than it is. There are chest tubes, IV lines, NG tube, intubation tube, internal thermometer, blood pressure cuffs, central lines, catheter, pulse ox, etc. He’s also on continuous milrinone, epinephrine, and morphine infusion for now. Hopefully they’ll be able to wean him off these in a few days.
His temperature was increasing as we left (about 38*C), which was causing his heart rate to increase. So as we left for the night they were cooling his head with ice to help the fever and tachycardia to go down.
Mark and I grabbed a late dinner together. It was nice to be able to go on a date after such a long day. Thanks ICU nurses! Hoping to catch up on sleep tomorrow while Leo is still sedated.
Thank you all who have been praying for Leo and the rest of the family! We felt so at peace today, and we know that’s only because of the Holy Spirit comforting us and reminding us of Truth during this time.
The Double Switch operation is over, but like our cardiac surgeon told us, there’s still a long road ahead!