Monday, February 09, 2009

Day One

It's been a long day. Not going to bed til 2ish, getting up at 4:45, a little catnap around 10... I am ready to drop. I am sitting on a bed at the Best Western next to Children's, hoping to get more sleep that if I was laying on the little bench behind Brady's twelve beeping machines. Completely zonked until tomorrow, the little boy doesn't even realize that I am gone, which is of course the only reason why I am here, and not there.

The day started pretty well - not too much traffic driving in, then Brady crashed pretty quickly on the sedative they gave him. By 7:45ish he was whisked off to be prepped. By 9:25 they had made their first incision. Not too long later he was on the bypass machine, then at 10:50 the surgeon was walking out to meet us. Things had gone very smoothly to repair Brady's supravalvular aortic stenosis. They also removed a flap that was over the coronary artery, which, apparently, is common with WS kids. And since they were hanging out around the heart anyway, they repaired his little VSD.

He's been pretty much plowed since then; in fact they decided a short time ago to wait to excabate him until tomorrow so he can continue to be sedated. The docs like their patients to be awake to be excabated, but then they would have sedated him again to rest and they didn't want to put him through that back and forth. Brady tends NOT just lay down and chill out, so I think it is a good plan.

So here I sit, with a borrowed laptop (Thanks, Lisa K!!) and a help figuring it out how to work it (Thanks Lisa R.!). I will be able to keep up with everyone over the next week while we are here. Thanks especially to Nanci for all the advice- I am using it all!! And once again, thanks to everyone for their prayers, gifts, Michael-sitting, and dinners... I know the BEST people!

12 comments:

camille said...

WHEW! I'm so relieved it's over and that it went smoothly. I hope you get a good nights sleep tonight. Again, I'm just so glad it's over and he's ok. :)

Ange said...

I am just in awe of you all!! Seriously.

Michelle said...

Kerry,

We love you and will pray that everything continues to go smoothly.
Love and kisses,
Michelle

Nancy said...

Hang in there! You are all doing great! We are thinking so much about you. Thanks for the updates, too.

Julie said...

I am so glad everything went well. You are doing great mom!!!

Nicole said...

I am so relieved that everything went smoothly. I will keep praying for Brady's continued recovery.

Dawn said...

Glad to hear everything went well. Let me know if you need anything, although it sounds like you are pretty covered.

Noel said...

I am so glad to hear that things are going smoothly. Abi had her coronary artery fixed at the same time as her aorta patch too. I will keep praying! Get some rest, he will need you when he wakes up and you will not want to be away for sure then! :)
Love to all.

Tara said...

Still thinking of you!!! You are one tough mom :) I admire anyone who has seen their child go thru heart surgery. I'm so glad things are going well and praying for a quick recovery!! (and some rest for you!)

Jen Guidi said...

Oh thank God! I was nervous yesterday when I didn't hear from you. Can't wait to have Mike stay next week and I can always whip up another baked ziti if needed! Brady has had a special spot in my prayers and I'll keep him there! Talk to you soon, get some sleep!

Tammy said...

Kerry, So happy it went well, we are praying for a speedy recovery for Brady. Get some rest if you can.
Tammy

Teresa & Shawn said...

So glad for this update!!!! I've been thinking of you guys and praying.

Can Violet and I come visit? I can't find your cell #, so e-mail me with it so I can bug you!!!

Love ya!!!