Caleb made it through the surgery just fine. As of right now, it looks as if the surgery was a success. His oxygen levels in his blood were good after surgery, even with an oxygen saturation of 45% on the ventilator. We never reached that low of a saturation after the first surgery. He is far more stable than he was last week at this time. We are cautiously optimistic.
They did not close his chest, but they are thinking that it might be as soon as tomorrow. He was still bleeding a little, but very shortly after surgery, that seemed to stop. Getting his chest closed would be a huge relief. He looks much better than last week. Because the bleeding slowed much sooner, his chest is much better looking (if you consider being able to see into your baby's chest better looking - I vote for gross!)
His blood sugar is off, but when I left earlier, it was stopping its slide and heading back up. He is still needing more blood proteins to keep his blood pressure up, but they don't seem too concerned at this point. He is off the paralytic medication again and they are already considering decreasing some of his blood pressure medications if his volumes would hold constant. He is peeing like crazy, so hopefully he won't swell up to a point where they can't close his chest tomorrow.
There is no way to describe how phenomenal the doctors and nurses are here. Caleb is not just some other baby with a bad heart. To them, he is our child and Ella, Sam & Maeve's brother. They remember who I am, they remember Caleb's name, they offer encouragement. There is no way that we could be any more thankful for the care that Caleb and the rest of our family have received!
Overall, things look good. Tonight may very well be an up and down night, but we will be happy to get some ups again! Thank you so much for your all of your thoughts and prayers!