10:00 - Carson was all set up in his Cardiac ICU room about 4:30 or 5:00 and we were finally able to go in and spend some time with him. He is still hooked up to an insane amount of machines (20+ at best guess) and he has two dedicated nurses with him 24/7. One nurse is dedicated to ensuring the ECMO machine pumping and oxygenating the blood the way it needs to and the other is dedicated to making sure all the other vitals/fluids are just right. Carson's game plan for the rest of the night is to stabilize so that we can try again tomorrow to start weening him from some machines. Despite all of this Carson still has his sweet face and is quickly winning over all the nursing staff.
Kelli and I were up at the hospital until about 10:00 or so and will now try (emphasis on try) to get some shut-eye before heading back to the hospital in the morning. He is scheduled for a full suite of labs, tests, and scans (Sono, EKG, etc.) in the morning, after which we'll get a chance to see how his heart is performing and how much longer he needs to be on the ECMO.
Overall, all the nurses and doctors have been great at taking the time to explain the purpose of each of the surgery steps, procedures, medications, and machines and why they are needed to make sure that Carson recovers the way that he should.
Thanks again to both of our parents for hunkering down at the hospital with us all day and for all of you who have been helping out and praying for our little Carson to get better.
Included below is a picture from earlier this morning (don't worry, it was before the surgery)