Thomas was stable overnight, and we are grateful for that! He is still a little acidotic, but the surgeon is hopeful for chest closure this afternoon. He will see how Thomas does today and make the final decision then. If they do close his chest, the OR team will come to the ICU and the procedure will be done at his bedside.
The intensivist on rounds thinks that they should push for chest closure even if it does compromise things from a ventilatory standpoint. He said it is not unusual for kids to end up on the oscillator (different type of ventilator) for a few days. This made me freak out, of course, but I appreciate the heads up that it may be necessary. Apparently it is used more routinely in this environment than I am used to.
The bloody urine is still present, but improved. Kidney function is not good, but improved slightly.
Here are today's prayer requests:
- that they will close Thomas's chest when he is ready
- pray for wisdom and steady hands for the surgeons doing the procedure
- pray that he will tolerate the procedure well, won't have any complications, and won't need the oscillator
- pray for kidney function to improve
- pray that he won't develop a chylothorax and that he will remain free from infection
"I, the LORD, made you,
and I will not forget you. (Isaiah 44:21 NLT)