Thursday, April 2, 2009

Heart Cath Scheduled for Tomorrow

I received a call from Vanderbilt yesterday morning informing us that Cain is scheduled to have his heart cath Friday morning at 6:30a.m. Actually we are to be at Children’s at 6:30 and I was told the procedure should start around 7:30-8:00. We should expect for it to take an hour and a half to two hours. During this heart cath they will be able to get a much better look at Cain’s shunt. They will look to see whether they can “buy” some more time before Cain needs the Glenn operation by ballooning or stenting his shunt. Just like they did during Cain’s first operation, nurses will call out to us every ½ hour to let us know what is going on at that time. I really like that they do this otherwise it would make the wait excruciating. We were told we should expect to spend Friday night in the hospital and then if everything looks good we would be able to go home on Saturday. She also said that if they decide it is time for Cain’s Glenn operation then they would probably just keep him in the hospital and get us on the OR schedule for surgery next week. I pray that this is not the case. We would really like for Cain to have a little more growing time before he has to undergo this complex surgery.

Like I mentioned before, it’s wonderful that Cain is growing so well but at the same time as he grows it causes his shunt to narrow. Because of the narrowing of the shunt, Cain’s cardiologist worries that he may not be receiving adequate blood flow to his lungs thus causing his saturations to drop. If they can balloon the shunt during the cath this would hopefully restore adequate blood flow to Cain’s lungs.

As you can see Cain doesn’t seem to let any of this bother him….
I guess he's relaxing telling us to relax too because everything is going to be okay.

10 comments:

Two Little Bugs and a Bichon said...

What a cutie! We will be saying lots of prayers for you guys tomorrow! Let us know if you need anything...watch your doggie, get mail...just let us know!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Catherine, I will pray for Baby Cain and his procedure tomorrow morning. I just got word from Sarah Beth that Clay and his wife Emily just had a baby boy yest. that has been airlifted from Lafayette to Children's here in NO for surgery. He was born with a heart defect. Not sure what is going on, but hopefully one day Baby Clay and Baby Cain can meet and share their stories! Hang in there. Love you! Annie

coni said...

Cain is so precious! He's really growing. I'm sorry all of you are having to go through this; and I'm praying for you.

Katherine said...

oh catherine, he looks just like brad!

Shauna said...

Maddox and I will say a prayer for Cain tonight. I hope you have a short stay this time!

Megan Enterkin said...

Catherine
Mom sent me your blog and I have not been able to leave Cain's story. He is such a beautiful baby, and you are such a strong mom. I love all the pictures and had to laugh and cry while I was reading each of your daily accounts. You, Brad, and baby Cain are so strong, and God has his angels all around you! I will stay up to date on Cain's progress. You all are in my prayers daily. Give Cain a BIG squeeze for me. Stay strong in your faith.

Jennifer Kornfuhrer said...

I will be thinking of Cain tomorrow. He looks so cute in his pics. I cannot believe how big he is getting. He is catching up wit his cousin Ella quick. Stay positive!

Love ya,

Jennifer

Wayne said...

Let us lift God up this morning as He guides a skilled team through a sucessful sugery this morning. We give God all the praise and glory. We ask these things in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Katie said...

Praying for little Cain today...hang in there, he'll do wonderful. Thinking of you and hoping that some tweaking can be done to buy some more time before the Glenn- sending positive thoughts and heart hugs your way!
Love,
Katie & Maddie

The Campbell's said...

Thanks for the update on his Heart Cath!! He is such a tought little guy with some even tougher parents! His recent weight gain is just AMAZING! We will continue to pray for you guys.