Friday, April 3, 2009

Cardiac Cath Update

Great news! We just met with the Dr. who performed Cain’s heart cath. We were told that everything went great. Cain is currently in recovery and we are waiting to see him.

Cain’s shunt looks good and they will not need to place a stent at this time. However, they found that he is anemic. Babies produce a certain type of prenatal hemoglobin while in the womb. After they are born, they begin to produce a post birth, more mature type of hemoglobin. During this process, all babies tend to develop anemia while the old hemoglobin productions slows and the new mature hemoglobin production ramps up. Unfortunately, cardiac babies can’t always cope with this transition as easily as normal infants because it affects their O2 saturations (which as you know from previous posts, is a critical balancing act for cardiac babies.) They will give him a blood transfusion to see if his saturation levels will balance out.

Additionally, they found some additional blood vessels that may continue to mix oxygenated blood with un-oxygenated blood even after his Glenn operation. While this is not common, it is not terribly uncommon either. They will address this, as needed, after his 2nd surgery. If necessary, they will close off these additional vessels through the use of additional heart catherizations. But we will just cross that bridge when get to it…..

Overall everything looks good, but we will wait for the final report from the cardiology group’s collective opinion regarding Cain’s case after they have had a chance to look at all of the cath results and analysis the various pulmonary pressures.

Update since we started typing this blog:

We are now back with Cain. He is resting peacefully and he has already received his blood transfusion. We also had a chance to talk with Cain’s cardiologist. He is hoping that it will be possible to hold off on Cain’s Glenn operation for a few more weeks. If his oxygen levels still don’t level out then we may not be able to wait as long as we would like.

When we were getting Cain ready for his cath this morning a nurse said he was bringing us clothes and socks to put on Cain. These were the socks he brought. Not sure those were necessary. We had to put them on him as a joke!

Cain all bundled up...trying to stay warm as he receives his blood transfusion.


As always, thank you all for praying for us today. As you can see...prayers were answered!

6 comments:

Margaret said...

Brad and Catherine,
So glad to hear everything went well. What a champ!

The Watsons said...

Ya'll have been in my thoughts and prayers today! I am so glad to hear that everything went well! wish I was working so I could take care of baby Cain!

Misti said...

I can't believe how chubby he's getting!! He is sooo cute; love those cheeks!!

Stephanie said...

Those socks are too funny!!! I bet his feet were nice and toasty! lol

Two Little Bugs and a Bichon said...

Such great news! I am so happy, he is such a cute little guy. Hope you are home soon!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you guys from your cousin Tim