Friday, April 16, 2010

Set Backs


I will make this short and to the point............


I don't like set backs!!!


And Mason does not either!!



Miracle Mason is in need of your continued prayers at this time. He has had a hard day and he's back in the CVICU :(



In the cath lab, before the biopsy as the anesthesiologist was intubating him (placing the breathing tube- typically used while under anesthesia for the cath procedure), Mason had an event or episode that you might call a mild cardiac arrest. His O2 saturations and heart rate began to dip so they did about 30 sec of chest compressions. (Although, I will say when the cath nurse called me and said cardiac arrest I pictured the day at 3 days old when he completely flat lined!!! So, I was relieved to hear it wasn't this!) Less alarming wording would be 'a brachycardic (lowering heart rate) event'.



Complete fluid overall would be a major explanation for Mason's swelling, irritability, and persistent cough. In the last 24 hours he has developed plural effusion around both lungs! Thank goodness no fluid (effusion) around the heart though. In the cath lab they placed chest tubes again to drain the fluid. Why did this happen? Possibly, switching diuretics.



They did get a biopsy and we will have results late tonight.



His pressures were high in his heart. Which can be a sign of rejection. But, when they placed the chest tubes and he began to drain off a lot of fluid his pressures went back down into normal range. So that presents better HOPE that his irritability, elevated white blood cell count, and mild tricuspid valve leakage is from the fluid overload and not rejection. PRAYER. FAITH. HOPE.



Mason was extubated (breathing tube removed) in the the cath lab.



I am with him in the CVICU and he already looks better than this morning, as for the swelling factor at least!



We are sad for the set back. We pray for a quick rebound and no rejection.



PRAYER, FAITH, AND HOPE BRING MIRACLES


18 comments:

Kaidence's Mommy said...

Summer, we are so sorry. Our prayers are with you. We hate set backs and unfortunatly they seem to come with this territory. Hang in there we are sending many prayers and much love your way. Take care of yourself and hopefully Mason will feel better soon. Thanks for the update.

Staci said...

He is a STRONG little man! You are always in my prayers.

Staci (angel Bridger's mom)

Anonymous said...

Our family will continue to pray for Mason and your family.

Aimee Hardy said...

That's not the news any of us were hoping to hear. We'll be praying for good biopsy results and that a simple change in diaretics is the solution. Stay tough Mason!

Ryan and Hilary said...

Oh Summer I am so sorry. It is such an emotional roller coaster, there is no better definition. Daxton had a plural effusion around his lungs about two weeks post transplant. We had been home a week and then had to be back in the hospital for another week. At the time it was devastating but just another stepping stone to home. You are doing amazing. We will be sending you extra prayers and comfort this night. I pray that you can feel angels holding you and Mason as you sleep tonight. Much Love, Hilary

Kyle and Alli said...

Oh those darn effusions!! I'm so sorry you had to go through that by yourself today. I hate hearing about scary events like that not matter what, but it is even more difficult without your family close by. Good thing we can all pray for you and Mason to be enveloped in Heavenly love today. I hope the chest tubes do the trick and Mason can get the right blend of diuretics to keep his lungs dried out soon! Prayers are sent your way tonight and every night!

Justin and Victoria Nelson said...

we will be praying for sure. our heart friend, callie carver, is there in the cvicu too. she just had heart surgery toda by dr hanley. we will be holding you all close in our thoughts and prayers...
love,
victoria

Deana said...

Oh I'm so sorry for the set back. Stay strong and you are definitely in my prayers!

Libbis Grammy

Derick said...

We have said extra prayers for you and Mason today. I even called my mom to have her pray for Mason (what I do whenever I feel like I really need extra help from above). Mason is such a strong fighter. We will pray that his meds will take care of things and that his perfect angel heart will keep working perfectly.

Julia

The Simmons Family said...

I'm so sorry. I'm sure Mason isn't happy to be back in CVICU and with chest tubes. Plural Effusions are aweful and always seemed to be Owen's major setbacks.

We continue to pray for Mason and you. I don't now how you are doing it all alone up there. I was there for just a simple cath with Owen and I was a wreck. I'm sure I'll be in your shoes soon enough.

Keep the FAITH and I am too praying that all of Mason's earlier symptoms are not rejection, but due to the build up of fluid. Darn fluid.

Hugs.

Andrea

Emily@Little Forever Family said...

We totally have the prayers, thoughts, and hope covered for you!

Kimmie said...

he's a fighter....we have all witnessed his determination and will to jump the hurdles many times! GO MASON...lots of love and prayers from UT!

summer....stay strong, you are doing great! just think how far you guys have come!

Rachel Lund said...

dear little mason- keep fighting. Summer, mark & kids--you are strong! You are always in our prayers.

Rachel Lund said...

dear little mason- keep fighting. Summer, mark kids--you are strong! You are always in our prayers.

cici said...

Oh Summer I am so sorry for this setback. My son had a collapsed lung after he had major surgery and I know the feelings you have right now.
Mason is surrounded in Prayer. I know he will be healed. He just has to be.
WE LOVE YOU MASON, feel better fast!!!!!!!

kurtis said...

O poor little guy. He is going to be one tough guy later in life, he is such a fighter! Good luck, we are thinking of you guys :)
Mindi
Libbi's mama

Lolly said...

We love you Both, stay stong, and as a side note, Happy Brithday
Love Lolly

Pamela Wiscombe said...

Hang in there Summer. God hears you and forever holds you close to his heart. Mason is strong and the Lord will help the doctors along this journey as well. We pray for you and all your family. Lots of love.