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