They closed her chest at about 10:00 this morning. So far she seems to be doing well. Her sats are alright and her heart rate and blood pressure are within an acceptable range. She's still retaining a little more fluid than they'd like to have on her, so she's still getting the diruetics. She's tried to wake up a couple of times, but then falls quickly back to sleep. I'm really trying not to stimulate her too much, so I'm continuing to hover. She's been through so much and has had such a rough time.
I've been debating whether or not I should post some pictures of her. I've had some family say that I shouldn't, and some say that I should. After much deliberation, I've decided to post just a couple of pictures. As she continues to improve, I think that I will post more. You can tell just how sick she is by comparing the before and after pictures. She has a long way to go, but I know that she can do it. She has such a strong spirit and determination.
I am posting these pictures from the most recent to the oldest. She has been through so much that it truly breaks my heart.
This picture was taken just a little while ago, she's starting to wake up from the anesthesia. She's trying so hard to open her eyes, but is still too sedated. This is honestly the best that she has looked since before surgery.
This picture was taken at bedtime last night. She still had quite a bit of fluid that she needed to pee out. She did a good job!
This was Thursday, about 12 hours Post-Op after the emergency surgery. Her poor head and face were SO swollen. The thing on her forehead was to monitor the oxygen saturation levels in her brain. It was a way to make sure that she was getting enough oxygen.
This was taken a couple of days before her 2nd surgery. Her face just looked so purple, especially around her eyes. She was very swollen still and really struggling.
This one was Post-Op night after the 1st surgery. Poor little bug. She looked SO miserable. We had no idea that we'd have to do this again 6 days later!
This was also the first night. Such a big bed for such a tiny baby. At one point I counted 20 different medications and fluids on her medicine stand. They told me that they needed to have this large crib for all her drain tubes and to accomodate all the wires as well as the ventilator tubes. This big crib got crowded fast!