Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Out of hospital

We are leaving the hospital after pre-op. The last person we talked to is Anna- the anesthesiologist from Poznan, Poland who we met last time we were here. We realized how many people have recognized Abi and us, including the radiology tech-we didn't even remember.
Abi did so well today! Though, she cried so much when she had her blood drawn - well when they attempted to do so on both arms with no success. We found out later from Anna that they can do it in the morning while she's asleep and will only delay the surgery by minutes! What? What's the point then? To save 10-15 minutes? I'd so much rather save her tears!

Before the lab.

Chilling on daddy's arms...


Now, she's sleeping while we are heading to the nearest Target to get a few things, eat on the way and we are going to the Ronald McDonald house where we got the room for tonight. We are not going to stay there after the surgery and will try our luck in the lottery for the room in the hospital. We want to be as close to Abi as possible while she's in CICU.
Thank you all for joining us in this difficult journey number 2!


From The PreOp part 2

The cardiology fellow came back with ...... the correct information this time. Yes, we were right and he had to call Abi's surgeon to straighten this out.

Tomorrow's surgery will correct the pulmonary venous baffle created during the first surgery back in December 2009. The surgery will last about 3-4 hours but Abi may be in the operating room for up to 6 hours. The surgery bears the same risks for the possible complications. Going through the scar tissue will be very challenging and unfortunately there is nothing they can do in advance to know more details. They will see as they go, step by step.

We also just talked to the surgeon and seems like the surgery should be first thing in the morning.

More to come.

From the PreOp part 1


Abi just went through her physical really well, her vitals were fine and then the cardiologist fellow came in to talk to us about tomorrow's surgery. Well it didn't go well- for him. When asked if we knew what the surgery would be for we let him explain the details to us. To our surprise we found out he didn't really know what he was talking about and less than 2 minutes after he came and we educated him on Abi's condition he had to leave to figure out what is going on. He mentioned the Rastelli's precedure that we are familiar with and as far as we know this is not what Abi will have done.

Now he's gone looking for the correct information and we...... keep waiting in the preop room.