I've dying to write this post, but waiting until it was official. Paul Cardall got his long awaited heart! Our prayers have been answered. I've known since the heart came in and have been dying to write about it. Jax buddy Max, who just had his heart surgery, was right across the hall from Paul. She emailed me on Tuesday night saying there was a lot of activity around his room and when she asked the nurse if he got his heart she gave her a wink!
I had just been listening to one of his CD's that Ray had just bought me, and was planning on taking a blanket up to his daughter Eden while we were at the hospital when I got Kristen's email.
When we went up for our MRI his room was empty. So I took the blankie to the PICU and left it at the front desk since he was still in surgery. When we left he still wasn't out so I didn't know how it went, and have been checking his blog every few minutes. This morning his wife finally wrote the post. Go over and send them your blessings.
Jaxson's cardiologist emailed me this picture of his MRI last night. The arrow points to the place in his SVC that is narrowed. You can also see how big his heart is, it takes up a lot of space in his left lung. He wants to do the cath, measure the pressures, and maybe balloon it open. Its still really risky because they could knock a piece of the clot loose and it could travel to his heart or lungs and that would be disasterous. He could also nick a collateral and cause catastrophic bleeding. So we have to decide what to do. Ugh
Also, tell me if this wouldn't make you crazy, one reason why I think they are wishy washy with me. I forgot to ask him if he wanted me to keep his sats above 95 because of his high pressures. The nurse paged him and he said, "the higher the better, but don't go overboard" What the heck does that mean? If I have to turn him way up to keep his sats above 95, shouldn't I take him in to see what the problem is? Sheesh.