Gavin's first day post-op, Tim and I were at the hospital together. It was great to have each other's support. It was not easy seeing Gavin under so much drugs for so long. He did not open his eyes until 5 p.m.--24 hours after he was wheeled away for surgery. He happened to be in Tim's arms when he opened them, so the first thing he saw was his Dad. It was a big moment for all of us.
Another huge event for that day was getting "extabated" or having his breathing tube removed from his nose. This happened at 2 p.m. It was stressful, because he was congested so they had to suck out his lungs for about 10 minutes, with his body heaving and fighting it. When it was out, he was visibly not getting quite enough oxygen but they quickly put little oxygen lines under his nostrils and he was stable. Nothing alarming to the folks working on him--just difficult for his parents standing by. But at the same time, we knew that he was in reality, in good hands and going to be just fine. Earlier in the day he had the chest/drainage tube removed.
He was slowly starting to get freed from his spagetti mess of lines!
Another event of this day was the fact that was was moved three times in his first day in NICU! This was based on the discharge logistics of other patients. The bonus from these moves was that I've been able to get to know three beautiful HEART babies and their parents--and we have been a support to each other through the good and the sad that we've already seen in the two short days I've been with them in ICU.