Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 11 12/19/09

8:00 a.m.

Hank had a good night last night. One of the main numbers that they have been watching is his urine output. They know how much fluids they are giving him through his IV, and they have been tracking how much has been coming out through his catheter. He has been around +60, which means he has 60cc more going in than coming out. They wanted him to be negative before they closed his chest. This morning he was -5, and they said they will close him up around 9:30 a.m. This is the next big step. His nurse, Kristen, said that after the operation we might take a step back because his body has gotten used to the extra room with his chest open.

This was a picture of Dr. Tsai to the left talking to Kristen his nurse and his fellows about Hank's progress through the night and what the next step would be. He then told us he would be in at 9:30 to sew his chest up!

Daddy works his crossword puzzles!

Here is one of the cardiologist playing with his pace maker.

Mommy got to read him a Christmas story this morning he was so responsive. Nurse Kristen was trying to keep him warm by putting a blanket over him and he kept throwing his arms up and kicking his feet. It was too cute!

11:10 a.m.

Dr. Tsai got started closing Hank's chest around 10:15 a.m. Sam went back to deliver some milk to the nurses station at 11:10 a.m. and they were just finishing up. Dr. Tsai said everything went well, but we need to wait about an hour before we go back to see him.

2:15 p.m.

After he was all closed up they wanted to take one of his lines out of his umbilical cord that they had been using fro a while and give him a new IV in his shoulder, well.... that didn't work. The line they put into his shoulder ended up taking the meds to his neck instead of his heart (they check by an xray), so they decided to try a little later or maybe even tomorrow. They also decided to go ahead and do an EKG today to check the rhythm of his heart. He is doing great on his blood pressure and he is just a little sleepy! Gnight little buddy, we will just be in your room hanging out with you just in case you wake up!

6:00 p.m.

Since Hank was doing so well they decided to go ahead and do his EKG today, they think he is of heart block now and that his rhythm is coming back! They say that they will keep the pace maker near by just in case but that he is doing really well and it looks good. We are waiting to talk to the cardiologist on duty to get a more official report but John the man who ran his EKG told us all of this.


Anonymous said...

I work NICU at MHTW. Sorry I was off when you were there. I'm keeping the night nurses updated which they really appreciate. The 13 IV's is overwhelming to me (6 is about our max). I can't imagine what ya'll are going through, but I know you feel the Lord carry you through. This is too big to do alone. Love and prayers daily.
Brenda Kufeldt

Dana Schneider said...

I'm so glad to hear that everything is going well. He's such a strong little boy. I can't wait to see the impact our little men have on this world. I know they are both going to grow to be so strong. I know it has been a rough road since Hank was born, but trust me, you will look at him every day and think of how much he more he means to you since you went through this. The little things are blessings. The things that drive you crazy are blessings. I remember telling someone one day that it was such a blessing to have to deal with Tanner's gas. The word "blessing" has a whole new meaning.

Love you all,

Melissa Stewart said...

Neither of you know me personally...but somehow "through the grapevine" we've been connected someway. Our son, Grant, was born with TGA in May of 08, and our family has traveled each step that you are traveling now. Just looking at your pics makes the experience so real to me all over again. Grant was also in PICU bed 13. You are doing the right thing by blogging about the experience...a year from now you will be glad you did it. Please know that your family is in our every prayer, and that God has big plans for your son! He only chooses those he knows can suffer through to become stronger in the end. I've learned that in my weakness HE is made strong.

Melissa Stewart

Bridgette said...

Hi Harughty's! I went to highschool with Derric and I've been reading your updates about baby Hank! We are in YWAM in Los Angeles CA and our whole base is praying for you guys! My daughter is 11 months old now, but I am a first time mom too and I'm praying for you guys and for strength and for cutie pie Hank! God Bless!
-Bridgette Skinner