Shane came through the heart cath like a champ! The doctors and staf are fabulous---thoughtful and caring. Although we don't know definitively the results as they will be interpreted by the cardiac sureons, we have both good news and not-so-good news. The good news we really had known but is confirmed that Shane has his pulmonary arteries---lt and rt. They ay're in basically the correct position aqn connected. However, because of his age and the very low pressure in his lungs, there is possibly damage. Won't know how much, etc until his surgery how this will affect him. His collaterals are short and wide open---good for him now---not so good necessarily in the repair. Much better is these vessels had been long, narrow and even coiled. This creates the needed resistance to pressurize the lungs---at least, I think it is something like that with my limited knowledge about heart anatomy/issues. We are learning quickly! Short answer...this can possibly result in pulmonary hypertension which can be difficult to control. I am clinging to one thing in particular that the cath surgeon said. "This does NOT mean that Shane will respond with PH once repaired. I've seen cases where this doesn't happen. It could go either way." Now you know our prayers are definitely along those lines.
In the near term, we are"stuck" at CHKD. After Shane's cath, it was decided that we would remain admitted for hernia repair on Wednesday. Of course today he is running a fever : (.
We were told that it is common to run a fever after a cath but don't know if it will affect surgery.
Our prayers of urgency: Fever to go away
Hernia repair to proceed with ease of recovery
That the surgery time will be early...we were told since he is an add-on it will likely be late afternoon--how do you tell a 2 y/o no food all day...hmmmm
Oh, also prayers for a sweet little boy who was in the room with Shane over the weekend. He has sickle-cell anemia and getting transfusions and iron chelation. He was one of the most thoughtful 8 y/o I've ever met. Asked many questions about Shane and adoption...gave Shane a juice box and even a picture he colored when we left : )!
Thanks everyone!! Update to follow soon!