One advantage of being in a stepdown room is that we get to be in the room with him all day and come and go as we please as long as one person stays in the room with him. However, one byproduct of this room is that if Carson gets his days and nights confused, there are fewer nurses to split the overnight shift with you.
Carson's cardiologist came in this afternoon and gave us the good news that Carson should be able to go home tomorrow. There was a small clot that she saw in the echocardiogram that she will be paying attention to and treating with a little bit of baby Aspirin. It is something that she thinks will resolve on its own. This was concerning to us as parents, but she assured us that this is somewhat common with surgeries and was something to pay attention to, but not worry about.
The night nurse was just in taking out his last IV line, leaving only with the standard heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen level sensors. When he is discharged, Carson will be sent home with only two prescriptions to aid in the heart healing process and over-the-counter pain meds for the pain (Tylenol and Motrin).
He has continued to act more like himself all day. He has been talking, waving smiling, staying in a sitting position, and even rolled over once. Included below are some pictures of Carson being Carson.
It continuously amazes us to see the power of prayer in action. Thank God for the amazing doctors and nurses who have been awesome and for all the friends and family who continue to pray and support us through all of this. Our little man is a fighter.