You guys, we got to go check Ryan out in the PICU where he will be for the next couple of days. In there he’s got the worlds best nurses and a doctor close by keeping an eye on him! He’s out of surgery, but we’re not out of the woods yet - the 12 hours after the surgery are most critical and if anything wants to turn sideways, it will be tonight most likely. His little body is adjusting to the surgery. So what went on in surgery was they made a patch to close the large hole he had between the bottom two chambers of his heart, also correcting the overriding aorta so that it is now only over the side it’s supposed to be over. They made that patch with his own heart! They also repaired his pulmonary valve that was stiff and thin to push blood out of his heart. This also will help his heart to be a better size on the right side because it was getting bigger from working extra to push through that stiff artery. And they also cut away some of the excess muscle that was on the right side of his heart from working extra. 😅 .
But y’all, he is looking amazing right now. We should expect some swelling later on/tomorrow. But for now the nurses have taken amazing care of him. His cords are all organized and he looks so peaceful. His tube doesn’t look horrifying. It is currently breathing for him so keep praying that through the night he transitions pretty well. Day by day they will remove the things he is connected to if he keeps doing well. So, he’s got a breathing tube, a couple of wires connecting to his heart in case it needs a pacemaker, a couple IVs, oxygen monitors, feeding tube, etc. But with it all, I’m so happy with how he is doing in there. Probably be a little anxious overnight, so I can’t wait to go check him out tomorrow. .
The girls have been as patient as they can. I won’t be surprised if 2 minutes in that place is long enough for them tomorrow. We will see. But they have the option to hang out with me or dad and they are loving the pool. So proud of them for hanging in there with us! .
Pictures, one of Ryan’s IVs - and I bet those initials are his surgery nurse Violets. She is so sweet and has been amazing to us since we met her. ❤️💙💛