Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cath follow up

Finally had Ethan's cath follow-up with his surgeon yesterday. We got chest x-rays, echocardiogram and EKG...all came out fine. He has good flow over his stint and his saturations are level. He's now staying between 78-82...just going to be his new's dropping slightly by a few numbers from where he was after his Glenn surgery, but that is to be expected as he grows. Those saturation numbers will let us know when his body is ready for his Fontan surgery. We will have to go back every so often as Ethan grows to open his stint further and have that artery grow with just doesn't do it on it's own! So, we're going to become very familiar with Cath procedures and Dr. Ing over the next few years and for the rest of Ethan's life...

We'll meet with Dr. Altman, Ethan's cardiologist, on June 25th and repeat every procedure that we had yesterday to make sure that everything is still going well. We're going to have to baby his heart until the next surgery...basically keep a very close eye on his saturations and activity level. I'm very grateful that his next visit is at the end of June because Ethan's little sister is scheduled to arrive by c-section on either July 13th, or July 20th depending on her growth.

As always, thank you for your support and prayers on this and every step of Ethan's journey!