The call came as I was driving to rehab therapy for my leg. I quickly parked and messed with my crutch and pulled out my planner. I had already thought of some dates I wanted, early in the week so all the normal docs are there and I still had a whole week of normal business days ahead of us in case I had questions or needed to take Alexa in to be seen for some reason. Also, not to soon, but early enough to have the cath results ready for our consult with her cardiothoracic surgeon on January 22. Well, they said they only had Friday, January 15th available, this would give enough time to get the info to her surgeon but alas not provide me the reassurance of the 'regular business day' instead it's on a Friday, right before not just a weekend but a holiday weekend. I know it may sound insane to some, crazy, petty but when my child is in the hospital having an invasive heart procedure that will require anesthesia etc. I want all the top docs present, not home or possibly on vacation. But I guess I will not jump to conclusions that I will be needing them, instead I will just pray/hope/assume that all will go well.
So again, Heart Cath Date is on Friday, January 15th check in time 7 a.m. Alexa cannot have anything to eat or drink after 2 a.m. The cath should last about 3 hours. She will also be given an echo while she is out. The scheduler told me they would most probably be keeping her overnight for observation in the PICU. So I have to plan on sleeping in the hospital that night with my baby. I'm hoping she is doing fabulous they let us come home but I guess we shall see. Did your kids need to stay over night? Her cardiologist also mentioned that, sometimes, but rarely, the children come out of the cath lab with lower oxygen. He said if this happens he would send Alexa home on oxygen and we would have to schedule her surgery sooner. Hope again, this is not the case.
Now, why does Alexa need this heart cath? Well, this is to provide information to the surgeon before surgery on the inside workings of her heart including pressures and blood flow. During surgery they cannot collect this info as the heart is stopped and not beating.
It hurt's to type those words.
To think of my baby's beautiful heart being stopped and not beating is VERY SCARY! So very sad.
So anyway, that's all I can take talking about right now. I need a break from these thoughts and to have some lunch.
As a side note, therapist thinks it will take me about 12 weeks to be able to walk normally again. He said I have lost a lot of flexibility and strength in my leg. He said I need to get it to neutral position meaning -8 to be able to walk again. Right now I am at 38 degrees the wrong way. So I have a lot of foot exercises to do.
And one last thought, last time Alexa had a heart cath, back when she was a newborn, she had her artery nicked and developed a blood clot. So another reason why I worry. Just so you know.