Hard to believe that Isaac is three & a half weeks old already! While some days can feel a bit long, overall the time has simply flown by! He's looking better than ever, waking up more often to take in this new world. He looks more & more like daddy every day!
Today, Isaac will undergo an operation to put in a Broviac catheter. As you know, doctors have had a difficult time keeping cath lines in w/his small size & tendency to develop microclots. The subclavian line has been successful so far, but doctors want to get it out as soon as possible so no problems develop. Once Isaac undergoes the Glenn surgery in a few months, blood from the upper part of his body passively flows back to his heart. Thus, doctors want to keep all upper torso access points as clear as possible to prevent any problems for our boy in the future.
The Broviac is a semi-permenant catheter that can stay in place any period of time from several weeks to even years. Isaac will undergo a cut-down in the OR for optimum sterile conditions. The external access to the catheter is some distance from the internal entrance to the main line, decreasing risk of infection. The Broviac will allow for clean access into Isaac's system without the need for repeated pricks & attempts at temporary lines.
The operation will occur around 2p today, so be praying for our sweet boy. Thank you all for keeping Isaac in your hearts & prayers!