Dr. Raunikar and his staff are just amazing...he took quite a bit of time going over different options and scenarios with us. Of course there are no guarantees in life, ever, and certainly not when dealing with half a heart being repaired to function as a single ventricle. But all in all, Brandt's condition is above average as his oxygen saturations and blood pressures continue stable. His echocardiogram did not show any change in the valve leakage, and so contingent on his heart catheterization results in November, Dr. Raunikar has requested a surgery date in early December for the bi-directional Glenn procedure. This will remove the shunt and create a direct path from for oxygenated blood to travel to the lungs from Brandt's pulmonary artery, if I'm understanding correctly. The heart cath will show if his lungs are developed/mature enough to support the new circulation without the current shunt. As far as growth, Brandt also stayed exactly at the 5th%, although Dr. Raunikar wants to me to continue to supplement his diet with formula whenever he's taking a bottle--it certainly won't hurt him and as before, we don't want him to be verging on underweight as he faces his next surgery.
While I know I expressed frustration to more than one person this past week about being sick of doctor visits, the flip side of that is we are so thankful for the amazing medical care available to us here, and doctors who genuinely care and work to help us make the best decisions for Brandt and our family!!