Caleb will be having surgery around 8:30 am tomorrow morning. Everyone is in agreement that the current shunt is not working and we need to try something else. I spoke with the surgeons and cardiologists and the new shunt will now run from the aorta to the pulmonary artery. They believe that he has good blood flow in his aorta and that this new shunt should get better blood flow to his lungs.
They put Caleb back on the medication to paralyze him so he could use all of his oxygen for vital body functions, instead of using oxygen moving around. Last week, the thought of paralyzing my baby terrified me. Today, it was a relief to know that he could not work himself into a fit and send his blood pressure and oxygen levels down to dangerous levels. He needed some more blood and infusions of albumen (blood proteins to increase his blood volume) to keep his levels in check. His oxygen levels hovered around the bare minimum, but for the most part, they were acceptable.
The plan for tonight is to keep Caleb paralyzed and keep him at acceptable blood pressure and oxygen levels to perform the surgery tomorrow morning. The doctors and surgeons are optimistic that the surgery should work. I am hopeful and tentatively optimistic as well.