Friday, June 29, 2012

The first 24 hours post-op

How wonderful to see our Sweet Sylvie yesterday afternoon!! Friends of ours had sent us pictures of their sweet girls post-op so we knew what we should expect to see. At first glance, I thought her appearance was better than expected! But then again, I've been pretty much giddy after heart surgery. Before discharge I might have to have out-patient surgery to remove my rose-colored glasses.

However, during that first hour in ICU she was grunting with each breath and was visibly uncomfortable while they figured out her pain meds. That first hour felt longer than our wait during surgery. But they finally figured out the levels and a combination that worked.

Eventually she was resting comfortably which made it much easier for Daddy to go home and be with Emeline. I stayed at ICU. Tonight we'll switch places.

Highlight of the night: I was able to hold her! So, so wonderful to feel my baby in my arms again! She's just as beautiful as ever!

While I held her I was able to feed her some Pedialyte and she was able to keep it all down. I'm so thankful she hasn't struggled with nausea.

Turrentine stopped in about six times yesterday to check on her. He would strip her chest tube (most surgeons leave this to the nurses) and check the height of her blood pressure monitor (it needs to be level with her heart) adjusting it a millimeter or two--I'm not kidding--until he was satisfied. He really loves his patients. She is recovering well. Every one is pleased, which makes us pleased.

She is beginning to make more "Sylvie sounds;" music to my hears after hearing little cries and groans every so often that sounded horse from the breathing tube.

For today, we still need to keep an eye on her pain relief, she needs to keep peeing (preferably without diuretics. She is currently on a small dose), and that her lungs would stay clear.

Still waiting on rounds for today. I'll update you if there is more to share.

Love to you all.


  1. Thank you so much for writing! I know you have a lot on your plate. The updates are a blessing when u have an opportunity to write. We are still praying & Sylvie is always on the forefront of our minds. We are thankful for the good reports so far!

    1. We are thankful too--for good reports and prayers! Awesome!