We were admitted to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital this afternoon in preperation for Matthew’s heart surgery tomorrow morning. We’ve met with our surgeon and the pediatric cardiologist, who both felt that he is healthy and ready for surgery. Talking about the risks of the surgery is a little scary – in addition to the possibility of needing a pacemaker soon after surgery or a valve replacement later, Dr. Siwek said there is a big risk of lung problems with this surgery, especially in kids with Down Syndrome. There can be some collapse of the lung, or infections such as pneumonia that would set him back. If everything goes well, he could be on the ventilator for only a day or two, but if there are problems he could be on a ventilator for 2 weeks or more. (for more details, see the “surgery details” post)
Surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM and it may be 6 hours or so before we are able to see him, although we should get updates during the surgery.
Matthew has had all kinds of tests this afternoon – and EKG, some bloodwork, a chest X-ray, and a nasal swab to check for viruses. We’re done with the difficult part for today, and now just need to rest up for the big day tomorrow.
Please pray for Matthew, his surgeon (Dr. Siwek), for us, and for a speedy recovery. We are nervous but trying to be optimistic. We know Matthew is in God’s hands, and that God must have amazing plans for him!
By the way, I’ve updated the “About Matthew” page, so if you haven’t looked at that in a while, you can check that out, too!