I am very disappointed with this news. But we're hoping and praying that the results will still confirm that Tyson is chylothorax negative.
Tyson's albumin levels in the blood are a little low, which is from a lot of blood draining into the tubes. So this morning they put an IV line in again, and they are giving him a blood transfusion as soon as he wakes up from his nap. I am wondering if this would help his sats, since they've been dipping into the mid 70s again the past 24 hours. But the cardiologist this morning says his hemoglobin is fine so that wouldn't make a difference.
I am sitting here scratching my brain as to why his sats would be lowering. His sats now are lower than they were pre-Fontan! To be sure, they won't be as high because of the fenestration which relieves some of the pressure, so there is a lot of blood passing through the fenestration. But immediately out of surgery, his sats were 92, then 85ish in Step-Down, then 80s for the next 2 days, and now the baseline is about 75-80. Since they took the suction effect off the JPs, there is automatically less draining into the JPs. This means that there is a danger that the fluid could seep into his lungs. So the nurses are constantly listening to his lungs to see if there is still good air entry. If they hear any fluid at all in there, that means his body is not draining the fluids appropriately and the Lasix is not doing its job.
So needless to say, with all the checking and re-checking his breathing to make sure he is not aspirating, do you think we got a tonne of sleep last night? Nope! Tyson was nicely settled by 9:15 am and at 10:30pm when the nurse came to empty his JPs, do vitals, give meds, etc, Tyson woke up and was wide awake until about 1:30am. He totally thought it was morning time, asking to watch tv! Once he settled again, the resident/fellow cardiologist was called in and checked his breathing a few times between 1:30 and 5am...because his sats were in the mid 70s. All that walking in and out of our room kept Brian and I both awake, and cause Tyson to sleep very restlessly all night. He basically slept from 9:15-10:30 and then again from 1:30 - 5am. Of course he was very irritable this morning. So he had a nap and was slightly happier at lunch time. Now he is sleeping soundly again, and once he's awake he will receive his transfusion.
Brian left this afternoon to go back to work for tomorrow. I am sure the older ones will be happy to see him, and thanks Mom and Dad for giving them some stability at this difficult time. Give them extra squeezes from me...and I hope they are feeling better soon!
I hope this blog post makes sense. I am working on limited sleep these days and I have fuzzy brain again :) I hope to post more underneath this blog post, later tonight when we find out more about the chylothorax results.
Please keep praying!
The nurse practitioner just came in to inform me of the test results. The chylothorax microns have come back negative. That is news we were praying for. HOWEVER, the other two levels are on the border line. Unfortunately in the medical field, not everything is black and white. I thought if it's chyl negative, it's chyl negative. But the other levels (triglycerides and lymphocytes) test for fat levels in the drainage, and if these levels are too high, they treat it with a low-fat diet anyway. Tyson's levels are right on the borderline. ARGH! Are you kidding me?
So now what? The Nurse Practitioner is not going to do any dietary changes yet at this time because there has been significantly less draining since they took the JPs off suction and let them drain naturally. The total drainage from both JPs a few days ago was over 300 mls and now it is below 200 mls total. This is a bonus which means that there MAY be an end of the draining soon. Please keep praying that the draining will STOP.
The staff cardiologist might disagree with the NP and opt for the low-fat diet anyway, so we'll wait till morning to see what he thinks. Either way, we would know in a few days whether or not we're here for the long-haul or whether they'll let us go home for Christmas.
Quite honestly, when we were preparing ourselves for this surgery, we had prepared ourselves for a long stay. We even celebrated our Santa Claus early just in case we didn't make it home in time. We've saved one big gift for each of our kids to open after Tyson returns home, that gives them something to look forward to later in December too. So being here over Christmas wouldn't totally surprise or disappoint us, since we were mentally preparing for that anyway. But going home earlier than expected is always a blessing!
This afternoon Tyson is much happier than he was this morning. He had a decent nap this afternoon, and is now confined to the bed for a few hours until the transfusion is complete. (He's happily watching tv while I type up this update from our own room...thanks to the laptop I am able to borrow from Avertex! Thanks Jason and Grant for arranging this for us :) I can tell in Tyson's eyes that he is still exhausted from the lack of sleep last night, but hopefully he has a better sleep tonight. The Nurse Practitioner said they won't have to interrupt his night with vitals every 6 hours tonight since he is doing well. The sats are back up to 83-84 this afternoon. It is beyond me why the sats are fluctuating so much! I don't think anyone really has answers for that one.
Brian and I are both so encouraged by the prayers going up from all over the world. It brings tears to my eyes to think that there are people everywhere praying for Tyson and for us; friends and family in British Columbia, Manitoba, the United States, Australia, Holland, and England. And many of these people we've never even met! God is so good, all the time! We are so thankful for a wonderful communion of saints and for the people who consider themselves "prayer warriors." So, in case we haven't said it enough yet, thank-you for your prayers! THEY ARE WORKING!