"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Post-Op Follow Up

Conway saw Dr. Bromberg this afternoon. I'd like to think he's already grown, but maybe that's just because they didn't make him take off his shoes :) He started off with vitals and a pacemaker interrogation and then the doctor came in. Connie actually fell asleep during the time when the doctor was testing the pacemaker. We are going to send him to school for 1/2 days only the rest of this week at least. It is just a lot for him and very soon after surgery. He's not complaining, but we all think it would be wise to let him ease into full days a little more slowly until he's fully recovered. Next we went down to x-ray. Lungs were clear so we get to decrease the lasix to 1X/day for the next two weeks when we will hopefully be able to stop it altogether. Check out that new pacer!
Dr. Bromberg was happy to hear that his energy level seems back up to where it was pre-surgery. He believes it is a great sign that he's already at that point and we're still less than 3 weeks out. He said that improvement may even take 6-9 months before we see him look more like his classmates. We have to remember that because he's been "tired" for several months and not as active, he's not in tip top condition. It could take some time for him to get stronger and faster. I really am not worried if he never runs up a set of stairs. I am just happy as long as he is not going backwards in energy and stamina! The doctor also looked at his incision where the stitches are poking through in a couple of spots. He thinks it is best to leave them be for now, hoping they'll dissolve and fall off soon. We're just keeping an eye on the area around, that it doesn't get redder or drain. We go back October 1st for another follow-up, including an echo. Hopefully it's smooth sailing until then!