Yesterday Bennett was moved into the step down unit and was doing well except for his eating- not as good. A speech therapist is coming today to watch him eat which is what I've wanted from the beginning because he's always been a sloppy eater and doesn't have a great latch so hopefully she can help with that.
Last night he could not seem to settle and his heart rate was high all night. They think that is due to pain. I left at midnight to sleep at the Ronald McDonald house because I was exhausted and then when we returned this morning his O2 sats were low, even while he was sleeping. So the doctor looked at his chest x-ray and she said that it is very common after surgery to have very small parts of the lungs to collapse as well as fluid to be around them and that is what she is seeing. She said it is not serious and again very common and it is not like a collapsed lung-which of course is what I was thinking. They will most likely increase his lasix and do chest PT where they will tap on his back to get things moving around since he can't cough like adults can to get things moving in the lungs. The nurse said they may want to put him back on oxygen temporarily but we have to wait until they do rounds to see. Right now he just has a mask near his face, blowing oxygen into the air around him to help bring his sats up and it is helping.
He just received more morphine (they had discontinued the order earlier) and his heart rate is coming back down. I think Bennett surprised everyone by doing so well but then he is only on the beginning of this 3rd day post op so he still needs those meds so hopefully this can take the edge off of his pain. They removed the dressing and the scar isn't too bad but it isn't pretty either. Please pray that his lungs can clear up and get back to how they should be and his pain can be resolved.
But again, I've been told this is all normal after surgery and nothing to be alarmed by. So I'm not alarmed, yet:)
I did see Kristin with Liam from a distance, did not talk to her. Not sure how Liam is doing but if I see her and can talk I will tell her people are praying for her son. Thank you for praying for him! She does not have a blog that I know of for those of you that asked.
Here's a picture I took of Bennett without his bandage: