I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalms 27:14
Winston is out of surgery and we finally got to see him in the PICU at about 1:45! Even though he had a similar conglomerate of lines and tubing as the first go around, what a relief to see our baby again. Winston still has some battles to wage through. He had a few arrhythmia issues as they wrapped up surgery and is still on the ventilator as expected.
As the surgery team wrapped up, Winston experienced some heart block. The use of the word “block” makes it sounds like a blood flow issues but is strictly conduction. The surgeon, Dr. O’Brien, assured us that everything went as planned and the anatomy of the heart is good. The heart block is an electrical condition, when the nodes are not communicating well. He currently has pacer wires into his heart that are re-training his rhythm and beat.
The other big step will be extubation and getting off the ventilator. After the Glenn surgery there is more blood flow to the brain and upper body. (He will wake up with a big headache!) While on the breathing tube, pressures in his system are higher; these need to be lower to allow the extra blood and fluids to drain and even out. Before this can happen though he will have to wake up from the anesthesia that is slowly wearing off. A little while ago he opened his eyes, welled up some tears, and drifted back to sleep.
We are so blessed that God has graced us with this baby boy and allowed us to take the journey this far. Thanks for joining us as well with your prayers and praise!