Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Rest of the Day

When I got back to the recovery room, the nurses quickly got me into a chair because Caleb needed snuggling.  I got him calmed down and he was asking for milk.  They had tried to give him a bottle, but he wanted none of that.  He is not a baby, just ask him.  Instead, he finished a half pint of milk from a cup.  We stayed in recovery for a couple of hours, watching tv and falling asleep in the chair. His numbers were great and he did not spring a leak.

We moved to a regular room on the floor around 11:30 am.  Caleb had to stay relatively still until 1:30 pm.  They ended up going in through an artery in his groin area and in through a vein in his neck area.  Because his circulatory system has been re-plumbed, they had to have two access points to see everything they wanted to see.  He had a band aid on his neck and a pressure bandage at his groin.

Chilling in Bed

By 1:30, Caleb was doing great and they let us leave the hospital so we could get one more good night's sleep tonight.  They left his IV in so he will not have to get another poke tomorrow to put him out (and no more drinking nasty medicine).  The IV never really bothered him.

We got back to the hotel and had a snack and played blocks.  Then we fell asleep watching cartoons in the chair.  We woke up when Phil and the Big Three got here.  Caleb slept for another hour, he was wiped out.  When he woke up, the Big Three mobbed him.  If it weren't because they were so worried about him, it would have been funny.  We ordered in Chinese food and hung out.

Eating Snacks at the Hotel

Caleb is pretty whiny, but is doing great.  I don't think he will be as friendly tomorrow at the hospital.  I can't blame him.

We have to be at the hospital at 7:00 am tomorrow morning.  Caleb is going to have an MRI first as part of a research study to help the surgeons decide the best surgical practices for future heart kids.  After that, he will head into surgery.  I don't expect the first update until 10:00 am or so.  I will post updates throughout the day tomorrow.

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