See my IV?
Waiting to go home
Praise God! Rebecca's heart procedure was a success! She did great, and is as active as ever. We went into the hospital around 6:30 am on Monday, and she didn't have the procedure until around 11:00 am. The whole thing took about 3 hours, and then Billy and I were able to go and be with her in recovery. She was not happy when she woke up--not happy about the IV or about her pressure dressing at all. We tried to entertain her and cheer her up, but she was just mad. This continued after we got back to her room until finally around 5:00 she got something to eat (and that was us sharing our dinner with her. The cafeteria was really slow getting her some food!) She was a completely different child after that! This girl loves to eat, and nobody had let her eat all day! I guess I would be mad too!
She had to lie flat for 6 hours after the procedure. She did pretty well with that. The bedpan was not fun, especially after the full can of Sprite she chugged down reached her bladder. She was so happy to get up out of bed after the required bedrest, she thought she would be going home then. I was trying to get her to change into a nightgown that I brought her from home, but she wanted her clothes!
She slept very well and would go right back to sleep after the nurses woke her up for vitals, etc. The doctor came in around 8:30 am and did her echocardiogram. Everything looked great, so we were clear to head home!
There was one thing that the cardiologist told us about her heart that I just found amazing. He said that the flow across her atrial septal defect was more than her cardiac output. So, her little heart was having to work very hard. (With every beat of her heart, there was more blood going backward than going forward.) It's astonishing that kids with these defects don't have any symptoms!
Thank you all for your prayers and support! We could not be more relieved that this is over! Rebecca will only be limited in very physical activity (athletic-type activities) for one month. She will take a baby aspirin for 6 months, and take antibiotics before dental procedures for one year. That is it (except for a few follow-up doctor's appointments)!