Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Just want to let everyone know that Brandt has had several "blue" episodes and more difficulty than usual with breathing this past week. We thought this was mostly from a head cold and some very minor congestion, but when we went for his RSV shots his sats had dropped down to the 70s. His oxygen had been running in the low 90s, which was very good. The pulmonary dr. gave him some oxygen for a short time and paged Brandt's cardiologist, who was able to come take a look at him.
He explained any kind of change for a baby with limited oxygen saturations can cause dips like this, and agreed that the head congestion is affecting his breathing. His sats came back up, and since that time have just been fluctuating up and down. We had a follow-up appointment on Monday to make sure no further treatment is needed before his heart cath in Charleston, and his shunt and lungs remain clear. Dr. Raunikar feels that these "blue episodes" are indicative that he is outgrowing the first surgery and that we are right on track for the heart cath next week. In a way, this development is encouraging because when he was doing so well and staying so stable, it's really hard to feel that he's ready for that next surgery. Now, while we still dread what he will go through in the next few weeks, we are SO THANKFUL that the time is close to go forward with the next repair.
Here's a link with a very concise explanation of the repairs for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, if you'd like to understand a little of what Dr. Bradley will be doing for Brandt during the bi-directional Glenn procedure...