Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gifted Hands (Update #2)


Dad had a text book perfect surgery by such a gifted surgeon and we are SO thankful for that. His surgery lasted about 6 hours which is shorter than we expected since we were told 8-10 hours if all went well. When we got the call from the OR nurse that he was being closed we were surprised it was so soon. The surgeon came out and said he did very well and that he went ahead and did the full graph and valve replacement. We were able to go see him shortly after in the PACU and his nurse was going to try to get him extubated before he even went to the ICU so that was great news. He was sleepy but awake and was aware we were all there.

Upon arrival to the ICU I noticed right away he was still intubated and was wondering what happened to cause the dely in getting his tube out as they expected. He as also being paced by an external pacemaker. Come to find out they caught a small pnuemothorax (partial collapsed lung) and they wanted to put in a chest tube to drain the fluid that was collasping his lungs and keep him intubated overnight and let him rest

So we all decided to go home and rest since Dad having us there does him no good right now. He is heavily sedated and comfortable- well we hope. He is in great hands and we will be back tomorrow morning to spend all day with him. I know nothing makes him more happy than having his loved ones with him. We're hoping he will be extubated soon and start the recovery game. We are just so thankful he made it through and had the best surgeon take care of him.

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Ashley, thanks for visiting me. :) I am glad to hear your Dad's surgery went well and hope he makes a full recovery.

The Blue Sparrow said...

So glad your Dad's surgery went well! Hope he recovers quickly and gets to go home soon! *HUGS*

Katie said...

So good to hear! Hopefully your Dad's recovery goes well!

cmatsukes said...

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER so happy your Dad is doing good this is just the beginning of your new year ahead.

Tracy said...

So glad to hear all went well Ashley!

Rachel H. said...

So glad everything went well...continued prayers! :)

Tammy said...

Awesome news! Prayers continued for you guys.

Brie said...

Awesome news about the surgery, and hoping his collapsed lung is resolved by the continued intubation overnight.

I am sure that it is hard to watch someone you love undergo such a surgery. I bet you're glad that part is over & you can breathe a bit now.