Monday, April 5, 2010

Loving His New Heart

My sweet baby with a new heart.




Just a quick little update. I'm too tired to write any novels today!!



Mason is doing exceptionally well.



Through out the night the docs had to do some tweaking of a few of his meds, because his blood pressure was a bit lower than they wanted. It's just that post-surgery 'trying to find a happy balance' mode right now. They also did an echo late last night to check his heart function to make sure that wasn't a cause of the lower blood pressure. His function still looked great!! Sometimes because of the shock of transplant a heart can have temporary lowered heart function, but Mason's new heart is functioning very well. And his blood pressure his much better today.



Mason also has some junky lungs, which they've reassured me and reminded me is normal the first day after heart surgery. They probably will not extubate (take him of the ventilator) today though because of it. They would like him to lose more fluid build up first so that he will be successful at breathing on his own and not have any set backs. Probably tomorrow will be the day.



They had to put him back on a very low dose of sedatives today, because he keeps waking up and pulling on his breathing tube, central IV lines etc.... Mason is such a little fighter. He just wants to get right out of here and go play!!! Although, he does need to rest. The little stinker. Yesterday his body went through a lot!



No signs of rejection. As I said last night......SO FAR SO GOOD!! We hope and pray his body will just LOVE his new perfect heart like a match made in heaven.



I need to go find a place to nap, at least while Mason is still slightly sedated. I'm exhausted! But a very good exhausted I must say.



***Real quickly though, A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH to big brother PRESTON!!!! He is 9 years old today. Preston is very tender and sweet to his baby brother Mason! He couldn't be more excited to be here in California to celebrate his birthday as we also celebrate Mason's new heart!!! We love you Preston!




24 comments:

Jessy and Kurt Antonino!!!! said...

Thanks for the picture and the update. I am glad to hear that he is doing excellent!!!! WOW what a miracle uhg?? Thanks little Mason for fighting this hard...

the timothy's said...

Thanks for your updates! They are being checked frequently! :) we are so happy to hear that he is doing so good! what a miracle!!! :)

Stacie said...

we are sooooooo happy for you! we were at the rupp's yesterday for easter and all through the day everyone loved the updates. we were praying and celebrating with you! then we went to my parents and, of course, it's all we could talk about! what an amazing, magical event. thanks for the photo. he is such a sweet boy. get some rest! i can't imagine how you must feel! all our love!

cici said...

Happy Birthday to Preston!

I am still in awe of the Miracle of your precious boy. Thank you prayers are now being said in his behalf.
Rest well Mommy :)

Emily@Little Forever Family said...

Gotta love the tweaking! And he is so pink!!! I have never seen him so pink and I have to say it looks so much better than the blue!!! Get some rest Summer and thank-you for the picture and the update!

Kaidence's Mommy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESTON!!!!!!

I have checked ALL day hoping for an update. I am so happy that he is doing well. K got the junky lungs as well after her transplant. Infact, she still gets them whenever she has anything done like heart caths or whatever. She does fine with them, just sounds yucky for a week or so.

Summer, he looks so great!!!! His skin color is beautiful. Get some rest!

She Made Mention said...

Summer, Oh my gosh...

I never get on the computer on Sundays, so I just read your last few posts!!!! What beautiful timing the Lord has! WOW.

I am so happy.

Love you all. My prayers continue for your family! Thanks for your example of faith.

Love Jess

Kyle and Alli said...

What wonderful news continuing today. We have been checking in all day hoping for more great news. He looks so good and pink!! And...to think of being extubated just a few days after a major life changing surgery...incredible news. We are so grateful for the blessing that this has been. Happy Birthday Preston!! I hope you have a wonderful day today with so many reasons to celebrate!

Anonymous said...

That looks like one healthy little boy! :) YAY!!! :) So happy to hear things are going so well! What a GREAT birthday gift! THANK YOU JESUS!!!
Angie's support team

The Simmons Family said...

Happy Birthday to Preston!!! What a wonderful post!! I love that he is doing so well and I bet the words "great heart function" are music to your ears. Words I'm sure you've never heard!!

Prayers to you all and get some rest.

Paul Cardall said...

Amazing! What great faith... Mormon 9:15-22

Mindi D said...

He looks so good! I'm so happy for your family and happy birthday to your little guy.. Well i guess 9 isn't little, but... :)
Mindi
Libbi's mama

Robin said...

I've been following your blog through Paul Cardall's blog and I am so happy for you. It was good to see a picture of Mason today - he will continue to be in my prayers.

Ang said...

Pink is an amazing color on heart kids! Welcome to the second chance club. Our Sydney will be 12years out at the end of this month. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Just Me said...

WOW! Things sound like they are going really well. Get some rest today because he will need you tomorrow. Mason's color looks fantastic! xoxo ;)

Bobby Ginn said...

Congrats Mason! We think of you often.

Michelle said...

Such good news! I am so HAPPY for you! Get some rest.. you deserve it! And Mason will need you to have lots of energy once the ventilator comes out. Congratulations!! Way to go Mason!!

Happy Birthday to Preston!!

Kimmie said...

We heart moms (and boys) love PINK!!! he looks fabulous.

Whitegirl716 said...

I was born with Tetrology of Fallot and have undergone 2 heart surgeries. While my ordeal was nothing compared to what y'all are dealing with, I feel connected with your family. It will get easier, I'm living proof of that.
Thanks for the updates on Mason. So exciting that he got a new heart!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you, I was thrilled to see this today!

Lisa Marie Trent said...

It really couldn't be better to hear such great news. He looks SO different! He looks wonderful. Congratulations you guys, and keep on truckin' through recovery.

kdance10 said...

Such great news. I have been checking your post regularly, what a fighter. Your family is in our prayers:)
My name is kaycee my daughter had open heart surgery 5 yrs ago, and also has Wolff Parkinson White (w.p.w) Can't wait to read more milestones of mason's.

Kristen said...

I haven't checked your blog for a few days and I was SO EXCITED to see Mason got a new heart and on Easter. What a miracle! I never expected to see that post when I went to your blog today. It's so wonderful :)

Hey,Hey,Paula said...

Happy Birthday Preston! Have a wonderful year ahead!! :D