Saturday, November 28, 2009

Out of surgery

Hailey had another long day. She went into the OR around 9am to get her permanent pacemaker inserted. She also got her chest closed at the same time. She came back to us around 1:30 in the afternoon, not doing so well. Her blood pressure was bad and so were her oxygen saturations. Her oxygen sats were in the low 40's! She really scared us for the first hour that she was back. She is doing better now though. Her sats are hanging in the high 60's right now. They should keep improving throughout the night.
Another negative is her ART line in her right arm is leaking and has caused a chemical burn under her skin. They are using that line to monitor her blood pressure only now. They can't even draw from it. They have been trying to place a new ART line for 2 hours and were unsuccessful. They will try again in the morning after giving her veins a break. They feel she is stable enough to draw her labs from her PICC line for now.
We do need prayers to keep her oxygen levels up though. The next step is weaning her off of the nitric oxide and then the ventilator. They hope to do both of these in the next 2 days. I will update later with some pics of her arm as well. But for now, here are some pics of our girl with her chest closed. Since all of my followers have been through this before, I'm sure you understand why I am posting these. Also for other people who have yet to go through this as they wait for their HLHS babies to be born, it's important for you to see this.

We are hoping for a speedy recovery now that the hardest parts are over. She should be free from surgeries now for a few years. That is a huge relief off of our shoulders!

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