The morning of Kimble's surgery, we checked in at the hospital at 7am. Kimble's last meal was at 4:30am. The walk to the elevator, up three floors, then over to the cardiac pre-op...I felt like I was in a heavy fog. My heart was heavy. I wanted to run away with Kimble, and never look back.
We received many updates from Esther, the O.R. CICU Surgical Nurse. Everytime she called, and asked us to meet her so she could give us an update, we always said "Esther, is it good news? Is he doing ok?" and she always replied "Yes!".
As I mentioned in the previous posts, Kimble's surgery didn't get to "experimental". Once Dr. Campbell looked at his heart, and saw the tricuspid valve, he knew that there wasn't anything he could do surgically, to make it function better. So, testing the heart by closing the ASD (hole between the atriums) and his shunt, to force ALL his bloodflow through the right ventricle, wasn't a possibility. His right heart couldn't handle that amount of bloodflow, combined with the pressure of pumping for his entire body.
So, they went ahead and did The Glenn, which rerouted the blood that was coming from his head to his chest, and instead of it going to the right heart to get pumped to the lungs to receive oxygen, it now goes directly to the lungs (via the superior vena cava), and then makes it's way back to the left heart to begin it's circulation again. Upon doing this, his BT shunt was removed, and the ASD was closed.
Now, Kimble still has bloodflow through his right ventricle. The bottom half of his body's bloodflow still goes to the right heart, and then gets pumped to the lungs. Kimble's heart can handle that amount of bloodflow, which is basically half the amount that a normal heart would pump. In fact, Kimble's heart is doing so well with this adjustment, that his oxygen saturation is now perfectly normal. In this next picture, on the monitor, you see the number 100. That is his oxygen saturation number. 100! Up until now, he's always hung out between 75-85%. We are so thrilled.
This morning, Kimble got his art line in his wrist, and his central line removed (it was in his neck, so we were very happy about that). He also got moved to a more private room (instead of an open bay) which makes all the difference to us. This means he is progressing quickly! Tonight he'll probably get more of his drainage tubes removed.
Right now, Kimble is sleeping peacefully. When he wakes up, we should get to hold him, and I'll get to nurse him again. Should be a great day!