Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Surgery Update #1
The nurse practitioner, Kim, just came by about 15 min. ago with the first update. Our internet connection has been sketchy so far this morning so there may be some delays. We are able to post FB updates on the phone though because we are lucky enough to have Verizon service and they have a tower in the hospital! The old conduit is out. Dr. Bove is getting ready to put the new, VALVED conduit in. Yes, he is for sure getting the new valve along with the conduit this time. He would have had to make his pulmonary valve even smaller if he repaired it, which would have created a problem with the new, larger conduit. He's been on bypass for about an hour so far (went on at 9:40 am EST). We should get our next update around 11am EST. He won't be allowed to keep his old pacemaker. She said the biomedical companies prohibit that practice. We thought he'd be able to take it to school to show it off, but I guess not! Oh, and Dr. Bove said he'd likely be out of school about a month. He said that's kind of conservative, but he'd be concerned about him carrying around his backpack and things. I told him how we were hoping that he'd get as much time to bond with his new classmates in Primary as possible and he recognized the social emotional aspect and how important it is, so we'll just have to see.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 9:40 AM