Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Etymology: L, post + operari, to work
pertaining to the period of time after surgery. It begins with the patient's emergence from anesthesia and continues through the time required for the acute effects of the anesthetic and surgical procedures to abate.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.
Dreaming of a post-op Gabriel but loving our little post surgery boy. Dr. Mahon Reddy and his surgical team completed the Norwood Procedure on Gabriel early this afternoon. Beth and I were able to see him about 4:30pm. He is stable and sedated in the CVICU. I'll write more later and probably include a few photos, it's hard to describe... 7+ medications plus a couple of IV bags, two drainage tubes in his chest, a stomach tube, an intubation tube, a foley catheter, a rectal thermometer, IV's all over the place, and an open chest (3mm x 7mm), and ekg and eeg leads and multiple pulse oximetry sensors. I remarked to the nurse that it is amazing he has enough surface area to maintain everything poked into and wrapped and stuck to him. But, he is here!! Dr Reddy re-plumbed a human heart the size of a walnut! Gabriel will be sedated until they close his chest either Fri or Sat and several days later if things are good they will extubate (remove the breathing tube). His little chest is open and simply covered by an adhesive membrane. The membrane was covered by a simple 4x4 acting only as a visual shield. When Beth and I arrived the Nurse asked if we would like to take a look. I didn't think of Beth's aversion to gore, blood and her children wounded and replied "Sure." The Nurse lifted the gauze, Beth lost her composure and I immediately realized myself as a non-thinking dumbass. Keep praying for us in every capacity and realize God does not think it sacrilegious to pray for "Earle to not be a dumbass" he knows Earle and understands.