Thursday, August 16, 2012

Heart Surgery Day 2 - Update #2

8:30 (ish) - We made it up to the hospital this morning right before morning rounds.  From talking a little more with Dr. Mendlehoff and the other doctors, Carson is doing a lot better.  I never thought I would say this, but even though he still has his chest opened up and is hooked up to a ton of machines, he is looking much better.  The first half of today will be dedicated to keeping Carson stabilized now that he is off of the ECMO machine and they are also trying to ween him off of epinephine (adrenaline).  From there we can begin to have conversations about when to close up the hole in his chest.

There was an external pacemaker that was hooked up to Carson as a backup.  We learned this morning that his pacemaker was firing earlier this morning because his heart-rate dropped below 120. Soon afterwards, his heart-rate was back where they wanted it (about 150) and the pacemaker was put back in an idle state.

Thanks again to everyone for the thoughts and prayers.  Quite obviously, we're hoping that the positive progress continues.


  1. So happy to hear this Kelli and Charles!!! He is sure a fighter and we will continue praying! We think about you all multiple times during the day!

  2. So glad to hear how well Carson is doing. My prayers are with him and all of you. My brother had Down Syndrome. He lit up my life. Take care of yourselves while he is taking care of his little heart. Love and prayers, Becky Rankin :)