Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cath tomorrow

After the IV was put in and he had calmed down. He loves the swing, but he still looks a little worried
before the IV was put in...notice how happy he is...



Well...we are going to have the cath procedure tomorrow. There was a cancellation so Ethan is the second case of the day. He will be in the procedure between 10 and noon. He was placed on fortified milk this morning to "fatten him up" for surgery so he is allowed to eat that until 2 am, regular breastmilk until 4am, pedialyte until 6 am and then they will start IV fluids. His IV closed last night (of course) so they had to start another IV today. They tried both feet with no success so he has an IV in his head (his hands and arms did not present a good enough vein even to try to catch today). So we're starting Halloween early by dressing up like Frankenstein (notice my humor to keep that positive outlook going). They estimate that his cath will last 3-4 hours and that he will be in recovery for at least that long. So, long day tomorrow...

The cath will measure the pressures in his heart and give the surgeons a better idea of what types of surgery Ethan will be eligible for. We are still hopeful for a bi-ventricular repair, but we will have to wait and see. We have faith that whatever surgery we have it will be what is best for Ethan.

6 comments:

Anabella said...

I will be thinking of your son and your family.

Anabella

Rachel said...

He is so cute, Amanda! I love his smile. Sorry for all of the IV trouble. Are they planning on putting a central line or PICC line in during his surgery? Ask about it....if they deem it a feasible option, it would save little Ethan alot of pokes.

brossettelewis said...

Oh I hope you were not there to witness the head IV. Those break my heart. :(

He looks adorable, I hope all goes well tomorrow. I am sorry you are not getting a break with all this. Humor helps and I am glad to see you still have it. :)

averpen29 said...

Actually Libby..I was the one holding his body down where the nurses would have all hands on deck for his head...it was not pleasant, but it's okay...

joywinn said...

Amanda, Ethan is just so stinkin' cute! He really is such a beautiful baby! My heart continues to go out to your family. Many hugs and prayers!

sockiepuppetsmom said...

Awwww! Ethan is just SO adorable! I can't wait for him to come home and be better!