Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chest Tubes Removed Successfully

Grace's chest tubes were removed successfully as well as the pacer wires from her heart. They gave her some morphine and verset before the procedure. Verset acts as an amnesia medicine and Grace will never remember the procedure. She was still awake during the procedure and a little mad, but her sats all looked great. Her oxygen levels are still a little lower than the doctors would like, but we still have some time to see if they will gradually go up. She stats well when she is sleeping, but when she is awake and upset, they drop pretty quickly. The surgeon seems to think they will gradually increase as she heals.

They are planning on trying to do an echocardiagram within the next hour to check the repairs to her heart and see how things look. They tried doing it when she was awake, but she was not having any part in it. So we are going to try again while she is sleeping. She is such a light sleeper, I don't know but it is worth a shot. They will do a chest x-ray either later today or in the morning and if everything looks well we may be discharged tomorrow. It went from being her a few more days to chest tubes out and discharge talk all in an hour. Needless to say we are excited, but also don't want to jump the gun to quickly. We will keep you updated as we get any more news.


Gavin's Mama said...

So glad it all went well! Prayers that Graces stats will continue to be normal! Sending hugs to Grace from Gavin!!

mina said...

Good to hear the tubes are out. It must be so exciting to hear the doctors talking about discharge.

Anonymous said...

Just checking in on our Gracie girl before heading to bed. So glad you are done with your yucky drainage box. Probably a good thing Uncle Brad missed getting to see that! :) We'll pray for a restful night, increased oxygen levels, and a great report back from the echo.... Love you bunches! Aunt Beth