Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Room 9



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...

12 comments:

Evie's Story said...

PRaising God that this is behind you! Sweet baby girl! Hope she gets lots of pampering and snuggle time as she recuperates!

Lots of people loving and praying for her!

Katie said...

So glad you're through with the cath- I know exactly how you feel...until you see them again, it's pure anguish. Happy she's a fighter and hopefully you'll be home very soon.

Lindsay Brummer said...

So glad to hear that things went okay. Praying for your sweet baby.

La said...

Hope (and pray) things continue to go well. We send our love!

The Simmons Family said...

It sounds like a suceessful cath!! I hope she feels better and can go home soon. Nothing is worse than trying to keep them calm when they come out of the cath lab. Owen is usually out of control ripping lines off. I feel ya.

Get some rest now that it's over!

Auburn said...

Glad things went well! I'll report it to the beehives and we'll be thinking of you while we make your gift ;o)

S and K said...

Man I don't like being back here either waiting for updates!!! But I appreciate that you do them so we can all breathe a sigh of relief!!! I'm SOOOO happy things went well and she's on the road to recovery...and that she has her feistiness in tacked! I'm with her on the IV get that dang thing out ASAP! :) I loved your earlier post, you just make me cry and I don't love that part of it, but I feel like I'm there with you and my eyes are yet again opened to how hard this 'part' of your life is and it also reminds me of how incredible you are to handle it so well! I have been praying and thinking about you guy’s non-stop today and love you guys more than words can say! Keep up the good recovery Bela and keep the updates coming! We'll be back to play dates in NO TIME!!! ;)

Matt and Jennae Porter said...

Good job Bela girl. Way to make it through another tough day (you too, mom). We are happy to hear that everything went smoothly. I can't imagine how hard this is on all of you. And in response to your earlier post about thinking of all the bad things that could happen to Benson... I don't know if it's normal or not but I do it ALL the time. When you love something/someone so much it's hard not to think about those things. I like what you said about doing your absolute best and hoping it's enough. We love you all and are thinking of you today!

Sheri Lee said...

so relieved things went well! You are amazing. I love reading what you write. The hope and faith you share is inspiring. Thank you!

emcghee said...

Ave your a champ. I'm pulling for Bels

Joslyn Marie said...

im so glad everything went well. your cute little family has sure been in our prayers:)

Grafton and Laurisa Milne said...

oh I'm so happy to hear this! What a little angel she is...My favorite part is how mad she was with that IV. oh she's so stinkin cute!! She really is one determined girl, sure love her!! and YOU. So glad everything went wel!