Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Post-Op Updates

It's been two days since we handed our baby girl over to the cardio-thoracic surgical team to fix her tiny heart. She made it through the surgery beautifully, and though her recovery has been slow-going, everyone has assured us it's going well. 

They have kept her heavily sedated since she returned from the OR, which has been hard to deal with, but we understand that she needs time to rest and heal from such an intense procedure. She came back from surgery covered in more tubes and wires than I could count (even more than after neurosurgery, which I didn't think was possible), and was on more intravenous drips than I would have ever expected. The scariest of these are two chest tubes that are draining fluid buildup from her chest cavity - eventually they will be surgically removed, but it may be a while before they're able to do that. Late last night they finally were able to start removing a few tubes (she was finally extubated and switched to the high-flow nasal cannula for oxygen support), and have started to wean down some of her medications. This has been a much more prolonged period of recovery that after her previous surgeries, but they want to give her the best chance to heal successfully and not put too much strain on her little body. 

Hopefully now that things are progressing, we will get to hold her soon and see some glimpses of Abby's personality returning. 

Thank you a million times over for your continued prayers.


  1. Prayers for your little one. This is a photo you will show her in a few years and try to explain to her what your holiday season 2014 was like.

  2. Jimmy, thanks for this encouraging, touching update. I'm sure she's getting the finest care in Cincinnatti. May the Lord watch over her going out and her coming in, from this day forward and forevermore. Peace and love. Jimbo