Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pre-Fontan Heart Cath

This will be short because I should already be in bed.  Cain has his 'pre-fontan' heart catheterization tomorrow morning.  We have to be at the hospital at 7:30 and the procedure should start around 8:30.  Hopefully the procedure won't take too long.  The heart cath's usually only take an hour and a half to two hours.  Basically they will be evaluating Cain's heart function in preparation for his third open heart surgery (the Fontan).  He can't have anything to eat or drink after midnight tonight so his dinner tonight was his last meal until after the procedure tomorrow.  I'm praying he doesn't wake up starving.  It will break my heart if he seems hungry and wanting his pancakes and milk in the morning.

If you are wondering what takes place during a heart catheterization....a thin tube will be inserted into one of Cain's arteries (most likely his leg) and from there will be advanced into the chambers of the heart and arteries.  They will be able to check his pressures and overall heart function.  Of course you must remember I have no medical degree at all so that is my best description.

I will do my very best to keep everyone posted throughout the day.  Now I'm off to bed to get some rest like this sweet little superman.

2 comments:

Hope's Blog said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today for an easy cath and an easier recovery.

Stefenie said...

Saying many prayers for a successful cath procedure!!