Friday, July 9, 2010

Update 2


Surgery went well. Dr. Spray finished in lightening speed (a local joke I'm told among the nurses that when Spray has your case you'd better be ready because the child will be done and down in the unit in 5 minutes). And while I'm not sure fast is always good, Spray is both fast and good.

I was brought to tears today by an anesthesiology fellow who told me with all sincerity that McKay was treated by arguably the best surgeon and lead anesthesiologist in the world. So good to hear. So good.

Of course that means great groundwork has been laid, but it does not guarantee a clear passage yet. We've been told that we still have 2 to 3 days before we should fully exhale. In three days we should be able to tell how well his lungs and heart are responding to the radical change in pressures the surgery was meant to cause as well as McKay's tendency (we pray not) to have pleural effusions (fluid in and around the lungs) resulting from the change in pressure. Only time will tell and all eyes will focus on the daily chest xray to tell the story.

In the meantime, McKay is having a bit of trouble waking up. A round of painkillers given at 11 am and meant to last about an hour has still not worn off and it's nearing 4:30. He's still out cold. He's breathing well and rosy pink, but we're still waiting to apologize face to face for the semi-ambush he experienced today. Ugg, I wish there was a nice way to tell a two year old what's about to happen to their very sweet heart. Or maybe it's better they don't know. I hope he has to ask me to tell him the story of his scar. I'm sure I can weave one heroic tale of bravery and hope that's not so far from the truth. All eyes are on you to make it one heck of a fairy tale McKay; fight on.

12 comments:

The Butlers said...

Such great news to read! You all are heros in this story! Keep up the great fight McKay...you have a lot of fans cheering you on! What a day for you.

Christina said...

So far so good. We will keep praying for a smooth recovery and a calm McKay.

Hugs & Prayers,
Christina

Patti said...

McKay is my hero.

Melissa said...

Glad to hear things went well. Hope he wakes up soon!!

Lisanne said...

What a darling fighter! Thanks for the update, you guys have been on my mind all day!! We will keep praying!!

Hope's Blog said...

Fight on little man. So glad to hear everything went so well. I will keep up the prayers for a great recovery.

GG said...

How lucky to have the best, for the best...your stress is so huge..
Bless you and your family....I feel a great relief for you and your baby..he is so beautiful..his spunk is darling...get some rest yourself...keep us up to date...

Jenny said...

Ohhh...that sleepy boy. I hope when he wakes he is not too mad! It's a little hard to explaining to a 2 year old. I believe in his fairytale you are all heroes! We are cheering you on from home:).

Michelle said...

So glad surgery is done! Will keep praying for a smooth and quick recovery for your little man.

Knudsen's said...

What a sweet little boy. My eyes are welling with tears that hold so much hope for a strong and healthy future for your special one. He's a darling boy whose spirit is bright and strong. I can see it. My prayers and well wishes to him and to you.
Camille Knudsen

Summer said...

Yeah!!! So so happy all has gone well today!! I did learn that Dr. Spray is one of the Best when I was researching where to take Mason. You have been in Great Hands today by him and our dear Father Above. Praying for a wonderful recovery.

Sabrina said...

YAY!!!!! he looks SOOOOO GOOD! wow, this is so different from how Luna woke-up...so much more peaceful. phew, waiting with baited breath for the next update.

we love you McKay!!

xxoo
Lu!