Another good night for Charlie. I feel like I am getting another degree with this little dorm room and the high amount of information intake! It has been very interesting and a blessing to learn all about the heart. The sticker probe on his forehead measures the amount of O2 being used by the brain. That number has always been really good. The bandaid down the middle of his chest is the incision from the surgery. Today we have been getting rid of lines and meds. He takes good naps and then has happy alert times as well.
Above is a picture of a typical heart rhythm. It was a risk that Charlie could come out of surgery with an irregular heart rhythm that would require a pacemaker. Thankfully, his was normal. However, I learned yesterday that he was missing the “P” wave (labeled above) for a time. This is common after surgery and sometimes it will kick in once the inflammation goes down. Soon after I learned that he was missing the “P” wave which comes from the SA node, it started firing. Wow, truly amazing!
1) For Charlie’s lungs to heal and recover from the stress they have been through with the unrepaired heart and now being post-op. We are hoping to extibate him in the next few days.
2)Smooth weaning of pain meds.
“If created things are seen and handled as gifts of God and as mirrors of His glory, they need not be occasions of idolatry – if our delight in them is always also a delight in their Maker.”