Today presented Emma with a slight speed bump in her road toward recovery. Early this morning (around 2 am), Emma started experiencing momentary desaturation episodes. She would bring her sats back up, but any major cough, throw-up session brought on another desat. Well, Scott and I had a sneaky suspicion that Emma was building up fluid in her chest. The doctors removed her chest tubes yesterday, as they were not putting out much fluid. Well, her x-ray did not show much change and her blood work was fine so they were debating what step to take next. It was decided that they would do a sonogram of her chest cavity and her kidneys…..(side note: Emma had a bloody urine diaper last night too). The results of the sonogram showed a pleural effusion in her left chest area. This explains her desat episodes. Her kidney sonogram looked good.
So, tomorrow’s plan is as follows: Emma will go to the Operating Room (at some point) and have her broviac line removed, her clogged tear duct probed, and a chest tube put in to drain the excess fluid. In saying this, Emma has had a good day overall and the doctors are pleased with her progress. We expected to see pleural effusions post surgery, as this is something she had post Norwood. In order to help Emma with this fluid, Scott and I are taking turns to hold her with her left side up.
Please Pray that:
1. Emma’s procedures go smoothly tomorrow.
2. She can be successfully extubated quickly.
3. Her pleural effusions resolve themselves soon.
4. Her recovery continues to be smooth.
5. Our heart buddies have the strength to keep going.
6. One of our heart buddies: Gracie has many more days with her family or that she can prove the doctors wrong and live a long time.
We are so humbled by the love, support, and prayers. God is Good! All the Time!
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