Saturday, March 03, 2007
32 hours & holding steady...
It has been 32 hours since Isaac came out of surgery & so far, he's holding steady. With each lab, his levels are showing to be coming down to their desired ranges nicely. His lactate has gone from 7.6 to 2.68 since yesterday which is awesome! His blood pressure has had some elevations from time to time, but the nurses have been able to successfully level it each time. Dr. Mill has called several times today on his day off to check on our boy & is pleased with his status at this point.
Thank you all for your prayers! It is evident that God's hand is on our sweet boy as he slowly progresses towards recovery. Yesterday, Dr. Valley said it was the smoothest Norwood/Sano Procedure he'd ever been a part of. Praise be to our God! We've been humbled by the overwhelming amount of prayer & encouragement we've received from so many across the globe - some whom we've never met, but in Christ we are family. How awesome it is to see the Body of Christ at work!
Closing Isaac's chest is the next big hurdle. Due to swelling from surgery, his ribcage is still open at this point & the heart exposed. Beginning Monday, Dr. Mill will start assessing when to close the chest, though there is no telling when this will actually be done due to swelling & blood pressure. Once his chest is closed & his levels stable, we can begin assessing his diaphragm. So several hurdles lay ahead.
Please pray for our boy, that his body continues to embrace the surgery. Pray for protection from infections & clotting. Pray for supernatural healing on his diaphragm. Pray for a clear report from genetics, indicating no defects or abnormalities. And pray for Jordan & I as we're here at UNC - that we would be a light to all who care for our son & who also stay at the Ronald McDonald house. Already, there are a few doctors & nurses who stop by our room in the PICU just to check up on Isaac & visit with us. God is using this situation to share hope with others...to Him be the glory! Let's continue to go before our Maker through this journey. He has great things in store. What a privledge to be a part of His plan!
Here are some pictures from the past week. Enjoy!