Saturday, August 9, 2008

Nice and Peaceful

Today has been nice and peaceful. Just the way we like it.

For the first 24 hours after surgery Dr. Kaza had Jack on some medication that paralyzed him to make sure he didn’t wiggle or do anything to affect the repairs. This morning around 11:00 they turned the drug off, so when we got back from lunch with Hardy’s mom Jack was starting to come around a little. I went to touch his foot and his little toes curled like they were ticklish. As the day progressed he continued to get a little more responsive so by this evening he even looked at us a few times. It was so nice to see him in there again. It seems very strange to me that it’s possible to be awake while your chest is open, but they have reassured us that he is not in any pain and doing well.

The doctors and nurses continue to tell us that they are very pleased with how great he looks. If he keeps this up then hopefully they will close his chest either tomorrow or most likely on Monday. They can then start to wean him off the ventilator and get the IV out of his jugular vein. We have to keep reminding ourselves that there are no time tables for heart babies and we need to stop setting any expectations for when all this might happen, but it is so hard not to when they keep saying how great he's doing.

Hardy and I keep saying how it feels like we've stepped into a time warp. It is absolultely unbelievable to me that it was less than a week ago since I was pregnant. Yesterday morning when we had to say goodbye as Jack went off to surgery feels like a month ago.

We have been blessed to have some really great nurses for Jack. Ken worked the day shifts, Christy the night shifts. They are taking great care of him and always make sure we know what they are doing and why. It's very reassuring and we are greatful.