I am writing this at 3pm and Hope is still on bypass (heart/lung machine). We started the day pretty early...at 7:30am they took Hope back to start getting her ready for surgery. It took them 2 hours before they were even able to make an incision. I am guessing they were having problems finding veins and arteries to get IV access. She went on bypass at 11am and that is when they started taking down the Sano Shunt from the Norwood. After that was done they did the Glenn...connecting the Superior Vena Cava to the Pulmonary Artery. We are exhausted already and know that there are still more updates to come. I am scared about what is happening and I don't feel like the updates are as good as I was expecting. It has been over 8 hours and we had hoped that she would be out and ready for us to see after 6 hours. Her Norwood didn't seem to take this long and we still have hours before we will be able to see her. After they take her off bypass, they will need to clean up and make sure she is not bleeding. Then they will hopefully close her up. Finally, they will try and extubate her. I will update more later today...hopefully after we see her.
Please say a few extra prayers that she is able to get off bypass and be extubated and recover really well. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.