Monday, September 27, 2010

Surgery Update

Joshua's surgery was (so far) a success.

He was in surgery for just over an hour (i think...i didn't really pay close attention to the time....)

The doctor was able to just clip the shunt rather than have to do a complete revision. That is great news because he did not have to go on the bypass machine.

The surgeon is fairly sure that this is exactly what he needed and that the shunt is the correct size now.

Currently, he is still intubated (on the ventilator). He is using 70% oxygen to help him breathe. We are waiting for him to start breathing on his own over what the vent is doing, then they will talk about extubating him. Right now he is in a bit of pain- we can tell by the high blood pressures and lower O2 sats. His sats have been in the mid 70's (right where doctor wants them) but when he's in pain and needs more pain meds his sats drop to the low 60's. He is off the Fentynal drip for pain and strictly on morphine which seems to be keeping him comfortable.

In all, we are just now waiting to see what the next 24 critical hours bring. He's doing great right now, but as we have learned quickly, what is good one minute turns bad the next. If everything continues to go smoothly, Shane will go home tomorrow night and hopefully we will be back at the NICU sometime later this week.

(We will still have to come back in another 2 to 4 months to have the 2nd stage surgery. We still have an extremely long road ahead of us for the next few years.)

Once again, thank you so much for all of your prayers. I was truly at peace this morning and I know it was because of the prayers of everyone lifting us up.

I'll keep you updated as we know more.


Our snuggle bug this afternoon recovering from surgery.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am soooo glad that he is doing good and that the docs only had to clip the shunt. I am praying for everyone in the family.

Molly Alisa Photography said...

I am so thankful for this news, Jill. I am also so thankful to hear that you felt peace this morning. I just adore your sweet boy.

Michele said...

Praise God that Joshua is doing well! We will continue to pray for his healing. Will also continue to pray for you and your family as you walk this journey.

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear this report! We'll continue to pray for a nice, boring recovery from this surgery and for continued peace for you and your husband.

Jennifer Hood
www.caringbridge.org/visit/babyhood

steve, bess & dizzy said...

Praise God! Praying for an amazing recovery now.

Carolina Carters said...

I'm so glad they were able to do the revision! We're always praying!!!

Carolina Carters said...

Sorry, I mean clipping!! Duh! I have a helper I'm trying to type around. :)

Paula B said...

So happy you and Shane felt at peace. I knew everything would be fine today. Blessing to you both, Joshua, Caleb, and Hannah. Still praying for all of you and my little Popeye's caretakers.

Sarah said...

Thanking Jesus! And you have such a handsome little man . . . such a sweet face!

BlessedMommy said...

Praise God! I pray that each step of Joshua's long journey will continue to be positive. Hugs, Momma!

Stefenie said...

So very happy that things went well and they were able to do the clipping. Praying for a peaceful night for all of you followed by a perfectly smooth recovery!!

Anonymous said...

Jill-
So glad he is doing so well. I was thinking of him today and said a prayer for him. It was great news to hear he didn't have to go on bypass and they were able to clip the shunt. Hope he recovers soon so I can see his smiling face back in the NICU, but hopefully not for long. Take Care.
-Nurse Kristi :)

Stephanie Quintero said...

That has to be the most delicious color I have ever seen! Amazing God!! You rock!

Tim Hannah said...

Thanks for the updates. Looking forward to hearing more great news about his progress. We will continue praying.

 
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