Around 4:30pm we got a call from the Surgical Nurse Practioner. I anticipated that she was going to tell me that they finished a little earlier than expected. Well, I was wrong. Quite the opposite in fact.
We were told ahead of time that Dr Kavarana is very meticulous. The Cardiologist told us that after completing the procedure the Dr K would inspect his work with a scope to insure that he was satisfied with the repair. After doing this, he decided that a portion of the valve repair was not to his liking. It was acceptable and could be left as it was, but it may require a touch up at some point in time. Rather than leave it that way he wanted to correct it. This would take an additional 2 to 3 hours.
The surgery was complete around 7pm and Brinkley was sent back to PCICU (Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit). We got to see him around 8:30pm. He was still under anesthesia and on the ventilator. They will keep him somewhat sedated for another day or two and he will be worked off the ventilator sometime tomorrow. He has a little fluid around the heart, which is fairly common with this type of procedure, and they were working to drain that when we saw him. Please pray that they will be able to get this under control quickly.
Thank you for your prayers today and keep them coming. We still have a long road to recovery and hate to see him covered in tubes and cords. Slowly but surely we should start seeing the cords and tubes disappear.