|Matt Matt and Jen Jen, pre-surgery. Happy baby!|
AFTERNOON UPDATE: Things are sounding more positive for Matthew. They have removed one of three chest tubes. He is responding well to diuresis. ABG's look good as well. Planning to extubate him around 7:00 eastern today.
MIDDAY UPDATE: All is progressing with Matthew. It's a hard recovery process (at this point harder for the family members sitting and watching him than for Matthew) but everything seems to be going as expected, which is a good thing. Mimi says he will occasionally raise his arm (though he is not conscious) or move it, which the nurses say is a good thing for him to do. Matt Matt probably knows this instinctively. ;)
MORNING UPDATE: The overall news remains positive for Matt Matt. He had a rough night in terms of bleeding and fluid loss. He received a lot of replacement in terms of packed red blood cells, platelets (and other medical terms Will and Nikki rattled off ;).
His sinus rhythm is normal and has remained so through the night. There was some concern as they were warming him after surgery because he was a "junctional" rhythm (an abnormal heart rhythm that results from impulses coming from a locus of tissue in the area of the atrioventricular node, the "junction" between the atria and ventricles). This corrected on its own however and the continued normal rhythm is positive.
Of course we all want to race ahead to the point where Matthew is up and playing in the outdoor garden space at Boston Children's and walking around in his new light up shoes from Mimi, but it's a tremendous relief to have a successful surgery behind us and now it is one step at a time. Hopefully the breathing tube comes out later today.
Thought I'd share one of my favorite pics with Matthew this morning... just because it makes me smile.