Samuel’s surgery

Tuesday is a special day.  It’s the two-month birthday for the boys.  But for Samuel, it’s another special day.  It’s the day he’ll have surgery on his heart to repair the Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA).

Sammy’s surgery is slated sometime between 8am and 12pm.  He’s slated to be the second surgery of the day, but could move up to first if the first child has problems, isn’t ready, doesn’t show up, etc.  The doctors suggest that to be safe we should be at the hospital by 9am, so it will be a long day of waiting.

The nurse called us on Monday to review the risks of the surgery.  This is something they do all the time, but there are many things that could go wrong, including impacting his vocal chords, infection or death.  We don’t want to think about those things.

Doctors say they’ll know right away that the surgery is a success.  They cut him open in the back, between the 3rd and 4th ribs, they’ll deflate his lung, clamp the PDA, sew it shut, check for blood flow, reinflate his lung and then sew him shut.  He’ll be on an IV, a central line and most likely a catheter, not to mention a breathing tube / ventilator.  It takes more than an hour of prep, but the surgery will only be about 45 minutes once they start.  We were told it was faster before, but that was clarified on Monday.

On Monday Samuel got to meet his Grandpa Dave.  Samuel’s middle name is David, and is named after him.  It was a special meeting for my father, and he was quite emotional seeing his grandson in this state.  I look forward to showing off Samuel in a better state in a  few days when the PDA is closed and his blood and oxygen flow much better through his body.

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