I was sound asleep (!) in the parents’ sleeping room when Joe came to wake me up.
“If we go stand at just the right spot, we might get to see our baby go past on her way from surgery back to the PICU!”
AND WE DID!!!
Dr. Clark came out of the elevator, glanced our way and came to a sudden halt. He explained that of the two main procedures (the patching of the large central hole, and the repair of the valves), the valve repair went exceptionally well and the patching job needed to be tweaked. After the tweaking, there were no leaks left in the patch.
Her heart muscle is squeezing strongly, and there were no complications to her brain.
The electrical impulse that travels diagonally through the heart from the top to the bottom is currently interrupted. He had explained that this might occur due to the temporary swelling around the patch, and possibly due to the placement of the stitches themselves. So she has an external pacemaker for the time being. If her heart doesn’t pick up this work on its own by the time a week is up, they will implant one before she is discharged.
Not long after this conversation, down the hallway went Verity in her little crib. They paused briefly to let us see her face, and then continued on their way to the PICU.
I’d gotten that far in the update when the social worker came by to take us back to see her! I’ll write more about that later, but for the sake of getting this update out quickly, may I say that she looks BETTER to me now than she did last night. Yes, there are tubes and wires all over the place, but she is RESTING! She had been working so hard just to keep breathing for so long, it is WONDERFUL to see her resting! THANK THE LORD!!!
Two pictures, and please be warned that the second picture shows her incision~