Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Back to the Operating Room..

Madison continues to be improving more and more each day. Her doctors and nurses are very impressed with her speedy recovery. They did another echo this morning and her heart looks perfect; everything about her heart is absolutely perfect. I love it.

In regards to the extra space in her chest and the fluid...it's still there. I don't think it's getting worse, but it doesn't seem to be going away either. Madison's cardiologist (Dr. Everitt) and Dr. AK would simply feel better with it drained out. With that decision, we are next in line for the Operating Room. The plan is to put another chest tube in, which will drain the fluid. And then we should be good to go.

Although Maddie is off to the OR again, she did have quite the productive morning..
1. Atrial lines out. (that means I got to hold her. yeah!)
2. External pacemaker turned off. (her heart is beating perfectly on it's own)
3. 1 of 3 (soon to be 4) chest tubes removed.
4. Daily chest x-ray.
5. Daily labs.

My heart is full of gratitude for everyone's concern for our little girl. Thank you. We love you.

(Andrea.. thanks for your e-mails. It's so fun to get mail delivered to her room. Mark and I love it!)


Ryan and Susie said...

Man, I don't like to hear that she's back in the OR but I'm very glad it's a simple procedure and she's doing well. Very interesting about her old heart size and the side effects of the new heart in regards to her body enjoying this new blood flow. She is quite a trooper, bless her new little heart :) I pray her pain will subside soon. We're praying for her speedy recovery. What a precious girl. You both are such wonderful parents.

Al, Jenny, Avery and James said...

It's so nice you finally got to hold her again!! I can only imagine how hard that would be. What a sweet little girl she is.

Amber said...

Good news, good news! It was so good to see you today...Madison looks beautiful! It truly is an amazing story that has unfolded. Madison is one miracle baby! :)

Traci Bulkley said...

I'm glad it went well yesterday! Madison is so cute! (We're in the room next to you) Dr. AK is our surgeon too, and I agree he is amazing. I can't believe those pics of her old heart! Crazy!! Hope everything continues to go so well and you get moved to the floor soon! Crossing fingers and saying prayers!
The Bulkley's

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy her new heart is working perfectly, What a miracle. Poor girl having to go back to surgery, but is sounds like it is a simple procedure. We hope it will be all downhill from here. It's wonderful that you get to hold your baby girl again, I would be soo happy! How is her left lung? Please call us if you need anything!

jessamyn said...

I think about Madison everyday, and prayer for you and your family. It was the best news to hear that last week Madison was getting a heart the same day Brian came home. I know its not over yet and there is a long road ahead of recovery... I will keep praying for dear little Madison, she the most darling little girl ever. love you :)