Trey has been doing well today so far. The PVC's have stopped and he has been more awake Yesterday he had some physical therapy and today the occupational therapist stopped by to work with him. I even got a few smiles from him this morning!
Trey giving the camera a tiny smile. He was all smiles when I first walked in but the second I grabbed the camera they pretty much all disappeared!
Hannah is back working today but unfortunately, she is not our nurse. We were pretty bummed about that but we've had Peggy today and she's been taking good care of Trey. Actually... Hannah just stepped in to talk with us and she's so impressed with how great Trey looks. He really does look amazing today - such a change overnight. He's all bundled up and if he didn't have the oxygen in his nose and central line in his neck - he'd look like he was just chilling at home. You'd never know that he just had major heart surgery and is in heart failure!
Last night, after leaving the hospital, I stopped off at Chevy's Mexican Restaurant for a Tenderhearts Moms Night Out. Tenderhearts (click here) is a non-profit group that is part of Inova Health System Foundation and supports families that have children with congenital heart defects. It was so nice to get out and also to meet other moms that have gone through heart surgeries and hospital stays. The group also sponsored a "bagel break" in the PICU waiting room this morning and I got to meet another heart mom. It's amazing how there is just a whole different group of women that I never in a million years ever dreamed I'd be congregating with. I never realized that I would be discussing my childs ejection fraction with another mom... heck, I had never heard the term ejection fraction before this! I'm really amazed at the support system these women have set up.
Oh yes, one test that I didn't mention yesterday was his BNP or Brain Natriuretic Peptide anazlysis. BNP is an amino acid polypeptide secreted by the ventricle of the heart in response to excessive stretching of the heart muscle cells. Basically, it measures heart failure. The normal rates of BNP (granted, there is no standardized "normals" but a range of normals based on age and gender but for ease of understanding I'm going to use the entire range) are 4 to 100. Over 100 indicates heart failure. Trey's level yesterday was 1568 pg/ml (picograms per mililiter). Granted, we already knew that Trey was in heart failure so it's not surprising that his levels are so high but this now gives him a baseline. I assume that as his heart gets better they can determine his level of heart failure if this number goes down.
Today is day 2 of the day 7 waiting period for Trey's feeds. So basically, today we are just chilaxing in his room. He seems to be weaning off of his drugs better right now and seems so much more comfortable.