Friday, November 10, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Forgive me if I mumble through this but it is in the middle of the night and I had not been sleeping for more then 2 hours before they woke me up to update us.

Jaden's right foot and leg had not been getting good blood flow since after he was in the OR room. This could be from one or both (the heart cath. procedure and/or them getting in the artery instead of the vein yesterday). Our nurse Sally, had called the anesthesiologist who had been working on Jaden pre-op and he was not concerned. I however, had my motherly instincts kicking in strong. All evening I kept asking everyone, "are you sure this is ok?" I told them I was not comfortable with how it was not improving well enough. So a very thorough resident Dr. listened to me and decided to call for an altra-sound (which Sally thought unnecessary) just to make sure nothing was going on. Well there is something to be concerned about.

What we already knew was Jaden was occluded from the right femoral artery. Usually this is not a problem and it clears up on its own. The normal flow through the artery is about 60-80 cm and Jaden's is about 5 cm. At this point, 5 cm is enough so that his leg is not having big issues. However, it is to small that they want to clear it up before they do surgery. So the plan of action now is to wean him off his ventilator and extibate him as soon as they can. They will then give him a blood thinner at that point and wait for it to clear up which could be quick or take days. He will need to stay in PICU the entire time on this blood thinner. So the prayer we need is for Jaden's artery to get better flow so we can proceed.

So the nurse on tonight told me I did not look to surprised. I told him that Jaden was a little stinker and he does what HE wants to do. I also told him that God has planned for this and he is to wait for some reason or another.

Another tricky thing that Jaden did was he kicked one of his lines off of his foot. Now don't forget, he is being sedated with fentanlyl and versed. They had to increase the amounts even to even more because when it starts wearing off, Jaden is to strong. He also gets VERY mad and then his blood pressure rises very high. That just shows everyone who is truly in control and what a strong little boy Jaden is.

I will let you know if there is any new news and I will update after he is extabated.


Stacy said...

Oh Stephanie - you had a long night! Jaden sounds very strong physically and VERY strong willed to get his way. That is great that everyone has such determination, especially Jaden to get through this when the time is right.

Maybe Jaden wanted to be awake to enjoy the snowfall today!!

I things move along today. Thanks for keeping all of us posted!!

Luv, Stacy

Cindy See said...

What a day and night for Stephanie. Jaden knows what he want...gotta be that 3rd child thing because Katherine is the same way! hahaha

God is in control and it is in His timing. There is a reason for these things happening to delay the surgery.

I continue to pray for this whole situation. I also pray that you can get some rest!

Blessings, Cindy

Steph and Mitch T said...

We are praying for you! I printed off the latest entries so that Mitch can bring it to the staff this morning in prayer.

I'm so thankful that you are able to have a positive viewpoint and recognize that God just has a different plan. The Bible promises that He works everything out for good--and He is faithful to keep His promises!!

Love you,
Steph T

Stacy said...

Hey Steph - I shared your news with everyone at work and here is some of the feedback I have gotten...
"I can relate...Kelly had open heart surgery at 6 months, and this is like reliving it all. Please tell them they have my prayers, and to hang in there. Because of Kelly's strength and stubbornness, she was able to get through all the obstacles that came up. Jaden is in God's care, and he will be matter what."

"I will keep him in my prayers. He seems to be a real fighter though and will make it through this." This girl agreed that he wanted to see his first REAL snowfall!

Another co-worker said it was great that you had so many people with you while he was in the OR.

I thought you would like to see the extra support you are recieving from people that don't even know you! They all ask all the time how he is. They LOVE the pictures too!!

Take care!

Luv, Stacy

Kristin said...


Jaden is in my thoughts and prayers (as he has been so FREQUENTLY during the last few days). And of course, I am also praying for the rest of your family, that you would have strength and peace through this entire process.


Kristin said...


Jaden is in my thoughts and prayers (as he has been so FREQUENTLY during the last few days). And of course, I am also praying for the rest of your family, that you would have strength and peace through this entire process.


Kristin said...
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Steph and Mitch T said...

LOL...Kristin is REALLY praying hard for Jaden--she posted it 3 times!!! What a prayer warrior!

j/k Did you have some trouble getting the page to load?


Krista said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you today! God has a plan, we just have to wait and see what that plan is. Keep the positive thoughts going and know that you have tons of support from all over!
Krista, Ken, and kids

Anonymous said...

Hope everything is going good. I am thinking of you and your beautiful family you are all in my Prayers.

By Sue Mackedanz

Anonymous said...

Gonzalez Family:

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope the surgery goes well.

STCL FedEx Ground Mgmt & Contractors

Myrna Rettegi said...

Dear Stephanie, Sal, Rosie and family. New York is
praying for you all and of course the most precious
baby in the world, Little Jaden. I look at his picture
every day and envision the day I will be able to pick
him up and give him a kiss. Our eyes were crying be
cause of the pain and suffering Jaden is going through,
and of course all of our pain which I believe God allows
because He has His higher plan . We are to rejoice in
our tribulations because they bring perseverance and
perseverance brings patience and patience brings hope
and hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom He has given us. Romans 5 Love to you all
Myrna, Peter Joey and Johnny.