Friday, June 18, 2010

Surgically Confused

Today we went in for all our pre-op stuff at the hospital.  Mr. Kimble cooperated in every way.  He didn't collapse his vein...so he only needed one stick.  He got two x-rays, taken on the first shot.  No wiggles meant no repeats!  He even slept through his echocardiogram.  What a good boy.

When it came time to meet with the surgeon, we all listened attentively as he went through what he thought would happen.  Basically, Mr. Kimble continues to confuse all of his doctors.  We were told by our Surgeon that if he crammed the room full of people, (all people involved in his care), that everyone would have a different perspective and solution, for what Kimble needs.  Some think that by removing the shunt and closing the ASD, that he will be fine, and have a four-chamber heart that will function enough to sustain his life.  Others think that by tweaking the tricuspid, he will have more flow into his right ventricle, and it will be enough to help his ventricle to grow.  Others think that re-routing bloodflow is the only solution he has, and therefore are in favor of The Glenn.  Others...well, you get the idea.  So we are going into this surgery anticipating some things to happen, but not knowing for sure what the outcome will be.  Also, they might do one thing, and a few days later, need to do something else.

Our Surgeon, who really has the ultimate power and the final word, believes as I do, that his right ventricle isn't capable of supporting him right now, and that he will need The Glenn.

All will be answered on Monday...or maybe not.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

Praying for you during this confusing time. Place your trust in HIM,and pray for the great physician to guide the surgeons. That is all you can do. You have a beautiful family.
Be blessed,
Michelle

purejoy said...

but i bet all of them agree that kimble is adorable!! look at that sweet face!!
praying that God ordains each and every step of what will get you from point A to point B. He is sovereignly in control, thank goodness!

Ande said...

I pray that whatever it is they decide to do it the right one. Keeping you in our thoughts, Xanen says he misses you guys. Talk to you later!!!

Trinette McCrary said...

Thinking of you.......

Julie said...

How stressful! I'll be praying for all of you- Kimble, your family, the surgeon, the nurses.....everyone. I'll be thinking about you all day Monday.

Terri said...

Wow! He is so freaking cute! Why are the cutest babies put through the worst??? Although you may not have went to medical school or even know every thing they are telling you. Follow your insticts always. For you i look forward to the days (if ever possible) when surgeries are a distance memory and life can be at a steady boring normal pace with happy thoughts of tomorrow instead of worry today!

Jed and Kera said...

Continued spiritual support from the Butlers (even my husband has grown accustom to asking about "Baby Kimble"). We will be keeping you in constant prayer.

Jeff and Lori said...

Our prayers are still heading your way! You're in our thoughts.

Patricia said...

Sending thoughts and prayers from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for you, Kimble and family that all will go well with Kimble's surgery and post op. Will be waiting for updates on your Blog.