We are all feeling a lot more relieved since Hana’s Berlin Heart surgery. Her vital signs look a lot more normal. This is so reassuring from Monday before surgery when I saw her heart rate drop to 60.
Hana is still doing great in recovery. Her X-ray still looks the same but all the doctors, NPs and nurses that listen to her say they hear a lot more aeration in her left lung. Today they did an echocardiogram and they feel that her right ventricle is still working pretty hard so they don’t want to go down on the epinephrine yet. She is still on all the same meds. Today they started her Heparin therapy which helps to prevent blood clots which is the biggest risk/side effect of the Berlin Heart. They also started her feeds although only 2 mL/hour which I guess is just to activate her gut. In think they need to come down on the epinephrine before they increase feeds.
I got to watch them change the dressing on her surgery site today. I saw the staples up her chest which were the strangest looking because the skin is raised. I also saw where the chest tubes and the cannulas are coming out of her body. Eventually I will have to help ace bandage up the area to keep everything secure.
Hana was in and out of wakefulness today. She seemed less agitated than yesterday. Although she seems more frustrated, maybe because she is more aware. She seems to want to stretch. Her nurses have been great and she often has two nurses. One nurse will train the second nurse for four hours on the Berlin Heart. I hope four hours is enough training. One interesting thing is they have to send blood work to a special lab. A runner comes up and waits by the bed while the nurse draws the blood. Then the runner goes and takes it immediately to a lab a few miles away.
As for the rest of us, Paul is getting work done as is my dad. I’m trying to get logistical things settled – canceling cable and appointments and getting forms submitted. I think by tomorrow Hana will be awake enough where we will need to be by her bedside more. We are all looking forward to this! Today we did spend time hanging up some of the cards she has received. Hopefully we don’t have to change rooms until we get to go upstairs!