3:45 pm ~ Praise the Lord! Jethro is out of surgery, and in the PICU. We're just waiting now for them to get him settled in so that we can go see him. Dr. Worrall said that all went well. The Tricuspid Valve was so badly mal-formed that there was no way to repair it, which was what they believed to be the case from the echos. So they did the first surgery in a 3 surgery "series" to make his heart into a single ventricle heart. I am so thankful that the surgery is over, but the next 24 hours will be critical. I know the reason it all went so well is the number of prayers that have been said on Jethro's behalf. THANK YOU!! Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings Flow!!!
12:35 pm ~ Just got another update: Jethro is off the bypass, they are doing final clean-up and will watch him for another hour or so before surgery is "over".
11:45 am ~ They started to take Jethro off the bypass, but saw some bleeders, so they put him back on so that they can fix those. However, while they were taking him off, his heart was beating good!
10:50 am ~ Dr. Burg, our cardiologist, came in and talked with us. The surgery is about 1/2 way done. They have the shunt placed, and the valves closed off, the atrial material removed. Now they will be finishing off those things, and begin to take him off the bypass, which can be tricky. Please keep up the prayers!
9:43 am ~ One hour down. Jethro is now on bypass and surgery is going well.
8:23 am ~ The call just came...surgery has begun.
Today's the big day. It's 7:50, and we took him and left him in the OR about 45 minutes ago. Talk about hard. It's hard to process. He looks so healthy, and yet his heart is bad. After surgery he will look terrible, but his heart will be better. We took pictures ~ I'll try and get some posted in a bit. I wanted to get some last pictures of him without any scars. We probably have another 1/2 hour or 45 minutes before surgery actually begins. They told us it would take and hour and a half or a little longer to get him prepped for surgery.
This morning, all his numbers looked great, and he had a good night. He had already had some morphine by the time we got to the NICU, so he didn't wake up for us, but it was still wonderful to hold his hand and kiss him.
We just finished breakfast, so while I'm doing this, Mike and his brother were going to go clear our stuff out of the Ronald McDonald room upstairs, and then we'll go to the NICU and pick up Jethro's things, then to the waiting room...to wait.
Thank you so much for your prayers.