Today was a long day to say the least.... a rollercoaster of nerves and emotions. I won't really get into how we were feeling emotionally because I'm sure you all have an idea of what we were going through.
At 20 after 8 in the morning we walked with Yale up to the cath lab where we had to say our goodbyes before he went into anaestesia. After that it was the longest 6 hours or our lives.
We weren't prepared for quite the long wait, because the surgery itself is only about 2 hours long. However he had to have his MRI before going into surgery, then later we found out his blood pressure had really dropped and they were going to postpone his surgery until the next day,.... however.... around 1.30 pm we talked to Dr Caldarone and he said that Yale came through surgery well. There were some bumps but nothing major. He was of course watching his arm as he was worried there might be a small blood clot because it was discolored and not gaining color. Luckily, it has turned out to just be caused by the low blood pressure.
So anyhoo.... YALE DID GREAT! and is doing GREAT still.... they are working on getting him off the ventilator over night. He is stable and holding his own.....fighing like a champ to get off that bed and into our arms!
In the pictures I attached one is him yesterday....last picture of his scar free chest...and the other is him tonight after surgery. Most of his leads and the bandage on his head are just a part of a research project we are allowing them to do on Yale. They are just monitoring his blood gas levels and how different levels of oxygen were affecting the levels of activity in his brain after surgery. Nothing that can harm him, but just a theory they want to test on babies that undergo the Hybrid Procedure.
So all in all..... with a stressful morning and long wait..Yale came through surgery with flying colors and is doing great!
Thank you so much everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts that everyone sent our way.... we sure could feel them! Keep them coming! We have along way to go, but are looking forward to what the future has to hold for us and our little fighter!