We got updates every hour and a half. Time went by fairly quickly. We took a lot of breaks, whether it was pumping, grabbing coffee, stepping outside, or hitting up the cafeteria. The most anxious hour was when we knew they were taking Jonah off the Heart and Lung Bypass machine, as this is when they restart the heart and see how these babies respond to the whole ordeal. Jonah did awesome! The surgery could not have gone better from what we were told. Afterwards, Dr. Ilbawi stopped by to tell how well he had done, but reminded us that the battle is only half over. The next 72 hrs are still very critical.
Everyone had warned us how different Jonah would look after surgery, and they were right. He is very puffy and the swelling will increase over the next 24 hours. He is also hooked up to nearly triple as many tubes, IVs, monitors, medications and pumps compared to the NICU. Although we were warned, we were both overwhelmed when we finally got to see him. We have so much to be thankful for. Jonah made it through surgery without complication, and among many other things, he has his own room with highly specialized nurses caring for him 24/7.
Mom and Dad are utterly exhausted. We actually can't define how we're feeling right now, so this post will be short tonight. Although we want to share a few pictures, we will give the same warning the doctors gave us. These pictures are what made the decision for surgery so very difficult, but we know this is what's required in order for Jonah to experience life.
|First time holding Jonah since birth|
|New and improved Jonah|
|Dr. Ilbawi and team|
|Jonah's new room|