Pre op x-rays
Pre op echo and EKG
Night before surgery
Morning of surgery
She insisted on getting dressed right away ;) thanks to a friend from church for making these super handy snap tops!
Poor baby was SO thirsty, it was several hours before she could have anything,
Finally she got some cheese to snack on
Lots of sleep
First time out of bed since surgery
Singing "if you're happy and you know it" after walking over 450 feet that day!!
Moving out of the PCICU day 4 post op
Settled in on the recovery floor
Walking as much as we can to clear those lungs!
No oxygen! Great numbers! (Green-heart rate, blue-oxygen)
More sleeping but no oxygen!
Wagon rides and blowing her recorder "flute" as she calls it. More lung exercises.
Eating dinner together :)
Our room with a view
Little tinker bell roaming!
Feeling pretty good
Ella has had some set backs, but over all she is doing very well. Right now we need her lungs to dry up as they are too wet and parts of them look collapsed. Also we need her bowels to stay regular and her urine output to be more then her intake of fluid. Right now she also has a large area on her stomach that is raw and blistered from all the tape going on and off. It looks absolutely horrible and is painful, please pray that it heals quickly. Also continued prayers for protection from germs and illnesses also for her incision and chest tube sites to stay infection free!
Ella has been amazing through all of this! She is so so so brave! Every night she has nightmares and everyday she has some sort of intense pain on top of just the pain from having open heart surgery, and she doesn't complain. Her anxiety is very high especially anytime someone other then Jon or I are in the room. She is really making progress though! She has now had 2 IVs pulled, 1 new IV started, 2 lab sticks, 1 lab draw (plus a failed attempt), neck line pulled, art line pulled, pacing wires pulled, 2 chest tubes pulled, dressing changed, chest dressing pulled, daily x-rays, she is covered in band aids, wires, and tape etc. basically she is a rock star!
We know your prayers are making all the difference! Please continue to pray for our girl!