Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Latest

Hello again. I am going to try and keep this here blog nice and updated so that everyone knows what's going on. Not much time to text etc.
The cardiac catheterization on Friday went pretty smoothly and the results gave us some positive information. His numbers looked good and the tentative plan is to proceed with the second surgery, called the Bi-directional Glenn, on Tuesday with Dr. Spray. 

Unfortunately, after the procedure on Friday, the team removed his breathing tube and initially Alec had a little trouble breathing on his own. Recovering from anasthesia isn't easy, especially when you're only two months old. :( It took a little while for his oxygen levels to normalize so they sent him to the cardiac intensive care unit for closer observation. They put him on some low-flow oxygen and gave him some packed red blood cells to help with oxygenation. He was very sleepy for the rest of the evening, but by Saturday morning he was back to his old self again. He has been off of oxygen since yesterday afternoon, and breathing easily on room air without any difficulty. His vital signs have been just about perfect and he isn't requiring any help from cardiac medications. Alec has been feeding well, pounding 4 ounce bottles like a champ. Currently, he is focusing most of his energy on getting big and strong for Tuesday. Last night he weighed in at 12 pounds, 2 ounces... they say a perfect size for the Glenn. 

Our road ahead is going to be challenging, filled with good days and bad, but we are as prepared as we can be for it all. As scary as all of this has been (the scariest moments of our lives for sure), we are so grateful for the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists who have helped our little man through it all.  We are also so incredibly grateful for all the kind words and prayers we have received from all of our friends and family. They are truly working, so keep them coming everyone!  We are beyond blessed to have the best support system in the world. 

I will update more after Tuesday to let everyone know how he does (Even though I already  know he's going to do so great). Thanks again to everyone for your concern.

xo Laurie