Again Gabriel did his best to thwart the hospital staffs intentions. This time appealing to their historic aesthetic grabbing a classic Rubens pose as if to say "would you harm this body?" Which of course they did. We now know Gabriel has rolling veins and this is the 2nd time the common tier phlebotomist tried, failed and had to go secure the ace. I think from here on out we'll request the ace from the get go, the other pearl I learned is that a topical anesthetic must be ordered by a Doctor as the patient could suffer a reaction, so I need to cover that ahead of time.
Manju finally found his happy place allowing him some much needed rest. Gabriel's doing OK but not all of the people we met last time are so fortunate. This is one of the best places for this procedure or any other infant cardiac procedure but they still have their own LPCH mortality stats. One little boy whom we had met during our last experience was the same age as Gabriel but is no more. Another family we met came out here from the Bronx with their little boy who had coded (heart stopped) while we were last here. They have fortunately returned to New York with their son but sadly with his brain function impaired. We are so fortunate for Gabriel to be doing so well and feel blessed to have our little half hearted guy.