Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hope's urine production was pretty low this morning, but her lab work seemed to be fine. They gave her some Lasix and that seemed to increase her urine production. I think we spent most of the day discussing pee with everyone. I don't recall any other time in my entire life that I have talked about pee so much. We know how important it is that her kidneys start working better than they are. If they don't, they may have to start her on peritoneal dialysis to clean the bad stuff out of her. The doctors indicated that many heart babies have problems with their kidneys after surgery, so even though her kidneys are small...it really isn't that unusual for her to have kidney problems.
They are working on dropping the oxygen level every few hours. By the time we left, they had her down to 42%, which the respiratory nurse said was very good. She is getting sewn up tomorrow, so they may have to adjust it after that is done, but the nurse said she progressed really well today. They will eventually drop her levels to 21% (that is room air) and then they will be able to take the breathing tube out (extubate).
They did an ultrasound on her abdomen today because her right side is a little more swollen than the left side. The only thing that it showed is that there is some fluid behind her liver, but that didn't concern anyone too much. I guess fluid gets just about anywhere when they do open heart surgery.
I talked to the nurse a little while ago and she told me that Hope's output is now negative...this is good news. It means that she is getting rid of more fluids than she is taking in. That is the first time all day and we are really proud of our little girl.
We want to thank everyone again for the thoughts and prayers. God hears them and answers them all the time. We have seen how well he answers prayers and I hope everyone else has seen it as well.
Posted by Wodzisz Family at 9:53 PM