Aaron and I were able to see Matthew in the NICU not long after our last post. He actually looked pretty good. He has lots and lots of tubes and wires, but when we saw him, he was already pacing his own heart and did not need the pacer anymore. He looks so much bigger and stronger than the last time he was laying in the PICU bed, only 6 weeks ago. The nurses were still busy getting him settled in, testing labs, etc. He was bleeding a little more than they wanted, so he was getting some platelets and clotting factors. (Thank you to all who donate blood – Matthew has needed blood and platelets today, and may need some plasma as well.)
His Chest X-ray immediately after surgery already shows improvement from the X-ray last night. The doctor let us look at it, and even we could see that his heart looks smaller and his lungs look clearer. They are talking about possibly taking him off the ventilator as soon as this evening, depending on how he is doing!
We came back to Aaron’s parent’s house, and spent some quality time snuggling Micah. He was happy to see us, and sat on my lap and read lots of books. It was nice to relax and have some fun with Micah for awhile.
We will head back to the hospital this evening to check on Matthew again.