Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just saw doc...

Dr Del nido came by. The issue we are having with Tuck is the pressure on the left side of his heart is running in the high 20-30's. With the left side of his heart not being used to all the blood flow this is normal, however it should be coming down. As long as they keep him comfortable, heavily sedated, his pressures stay in the 20's. The higher pressure causes fluid, which backs up into the lungs. Ideally we want that pressure in the teens. What they will do is continue to keep him very comfortable and attempt to get rid of the fluid from the surgery, via pee. As his fluids come down that pressure will also come down. They will attempt to wake him, however if the pressure in the left side goes back up, they will sedate him again and give him more time to recover. This will be the balance we will keep attempting. He also said on Monday or Tuesday he would re due an echo cardiogram to look at his heart. Make sure that left side is not oversize, that the valves are not leaking and that it is working correctly. Right now he sees no need as everything is in line...again as long as they keep him sedated, if he starts to wake it all goes haywire. The right side, which was doing all the work before the surgery, has pressures that are great...right where they need to be. Again, this is all things they have seen with this type of surgery, they assure me, so it is finding the right mix for Tuckman, getting fluid off his body, and letting him rest and adjust.

5 comments:

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Interesting. I hope the pressure balances and they are able to leave him rest a little longer.

mommy to Kaden, Brody and angel Ava said...

We are still praying!!! Sounds like things are going well. I know how hard it is with the "no touching/talking", hang in there. Sending you all lots of love. XOXO

Anonymous said...

Anna did the same thing, just on her right side. It was 4 or 5 days post-op before her pressures started to behave. We also had to re-fight them after the sedatives were lifted, but given "Anna Time" they came back down to an acceptable level! Praying for pee & such!

Tina & Anna

Jessica [Mommy to a 3 yr old drama queen] said...

I hope it balances out & he gets to rest to get better faster!!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to send lots of thoughts and prayers! Hang in there Tucker. You're an amazing little guy! -- Jen [Kaden, Angel Ava, and Brody's Aunt]