They took Connie back about an hour ago. He got a little versed in his tube before hand and it kicked in quickly. He was carefree and zombified in no time at all!
They told us they will come with an update around 10-10:30. The procedure is supposed to last around three hours. We are waiting in a private room where he will "recover". This is our first experience with Children's Hospital and we are very impressed. From the atmosphere to the staff, it has been top-notch. I feel like writing them a letter to tell them so!
Dr. Balzer came in before they took him and reviewed the procedure and the possibilities. He "doesn't think" he'll have to do anything, based on what he saw on yesterday's echo. He said that the branch pulmonary arteries weren't visible in that study so he's not certain. He said if intervention was needed he doesn't think ballooning would work and he'd probably have to use a stent. The problem with stenting is they have to use an adult sized stent which would cause a pulmonary valve leak. I moaned about that because he's already got such a bad leak on the aortic valve. He said that he's actually got some leakage on both valves at the present time but that they are both MILD. He said that from what he saw yesterday they are MILD leaks. I wasn't going to argue with him. He's the doctor. If what he says is true, though, that means that Connie's Aortic insufficiency is not mild, not severe! Praise God. I guess He kept His promise when he told us on Easter that it was time for Connie to be healed. Slowly but surely, his heart is getting better!
We'll update more when we hear. We've also got some cute pics from this morning but I forgot to bring the cord to upload them.
Thanks for checking in.
Erin and Greg