Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

We had an eventful night. Since Jaden is SO strong, the morphine was not helping him. So they had decided to put him on a constant morphine drip. This ended up being too much and his sats kept dropping. So they had to use a drug called narcan which reverses the morphine some. He was very angry and agitated so they also gave him a drug called chlorohydrate which takes the edge off. This has helped a little but he did not get much sound sleep. Right now he is sleeping really well and has been for a good hour or two.

He is pretty swollen today which is pretty common. He has not been out putting enough urine so they started his lasix back up to help him. His hemoglobin and potassium are both low so they are giving him a blood transfusion and some potassium which helps the heart contractions better.

Now for the lines. During surgery they had to put the line in his neck because that was the only option we had left. They pulled that out right when they were done with surgery. They also got one periphial line in his hand for a "just in case," and a line in his groin. The main lines which he is supposed to be able to keep his whole stay are attached directly to his heart. They are called right atrium lines (RA). So the RA line has fallen out of the area they need it to be. They should be able to just move it around a little to get it back where it needs to be. It could have fallen a little also because he has so much extra fluid in him at this point. We will have to watch that and work on fixing that. Right now the nurses are switching the antibiotics to the other RA line to hope that this one is still in the right spot.

So nothing to major at this point but not completely stable or where we want him to be.

5 comments:

Krista said...

Hi Steph and Sal,
WOW! Sorry to hear about all that happened during the night. Just remember that all of these things are managable and with God on your side, things are sure to turn around!
We will keep the prayers going strong!
Thanks for the update.
Love,
Krista

Stacy said...

Thanks for the update. I agree with you and Krista, everything sounds managable and he is a strong little boy!
I hope that today will be a little smoother than the night.
Luv, Stacy

kellyb said...

You all should get some sleep and have faith!

Steph and Mitch T said...

Wow, sorry to hear about the tough night! It is so amazing how he can stand up to all those drugs. Hopefully everything will continue to get better. Since this is technically the "critical" stage, I am holding out for hope that this is as bad as it gets. =) Keep your chin up!

Love ya,
Steph T

Stacy said...

Again... I am am hoping that no news is good news. I hope that last night was less eventful than the night before. You and Sal need to be sure and get enough rest so you can stay strong for the little guy!
I've been thinking about all of you lots!
Luv, Stacy