It was 1230am before she was finally able to see and touch her little guy. I'm so proud of both of them! He's received a lot of attention in less than 24 hours; 2 echocardiograms, an ultrasound of his head and abdomen, x-rays, blood tests, lactic acid tests and more. The Cardiologists have confirmed that he still has HLHS and will need surgery. We knew there would be a lot of highs and lows and we're already dealing with them. He was born and looked good and cried well. Today though he's struggling; respiratory rates bouncing from the high 30's to 140's and oxygen saturations dipping to 78%. He's been placed on a CPAP (ventilator) and is receiving a blood transfusion. I spoke with a cardiologist fellow this afternoon, she said they're trying to determine if this is due to pulmonary reasons (which the CPAP could help) or cardiac. If cardiac it is due to the foramen oval closing (good for SCUBA divers bad for broken hearted babies, OMG I just wrote the next platinum country song!) This means they would have to perform a procedure to keep the atrial septum open. We're rooting for no atrial septal problems.
Gabriel sporting his fancy CPAP headgear and IV's and EKG and other stuff. The kid's already a gear geek.