The relief I feel when she is back in my view is indescribable. Even though she's a little beat up, wearing an oxygen mask, and bandaged in a few places, she's done with the hard part and on her way to recovering.
She came back about an hour ago, a couple hours less that planned. :) After taking measurments they decided it best to balloon her aorta and were able to stretch it from 7 mm to 10 mm. Ideally it should be 14 mm so they may have to repeat this whole process in a few months from now to stretch it a little more. And then at her next surgery, when she is opened up, they'll most likely have to take the whole narrowed 'chunk' out and rebuild it using a piece of a vein from her neck. Sound complicated? Yeah.., we'll deal with that when we get there. And that's just the aorta! That's on top of the already complicated surgery.
The doc seemed pleased to get it from 7mm to 10 mm today so we'll take it. Should help alleviate some of the pressure build up in her heart for now.
I'm SO grateful to say she's back, everything went well and there were no major complications. At one point her blood pressure dropped substantially so they had to pull everything out, give her a heart med and some time, then try again. The second go around she responded much better and her pressures stayed higher.
She is sleeping right now, but was one MAD little girl when she came back up. She woke up and immediatley started pulling out her IV yelling, "get it out!" She was thrashing and her leg incision started to bleed and nothing was calming her down so they gave her some good ol' ativan and since it's her drug of choice, it calmed her right down. She will probably wake up again soon and be just as mad and get more drugs until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. But I'm pretty sure she's not going to give up on getting that IV pulled out until she's succeeded. I'm telling them she's one determined little girl.. they saw a glimpse of what I meant when she woke up. I'm SO glad she is.
I guess someone else is tuckered out too...