September 12, 2011

Pneumonia Strikes Again

Owen came down with a fever this evening of around 103.  Local hospital says it looks like pneumonia. So an overnight stay is in order. The local Dr contacted his heart surgerons office which suggested he be admitted and put on a strong IV antibiotic to kick whatever he's got going on. Looks like a long night ahead :(

September 09, 2011

Follow-Up Appointment

Owen had his follow up appointment and things look good. The doctor said that his heart sounds awesome, there is no murmur to be heard. He is able to stop taking his lasiks and should return in 2 months for an echo.  If that looks good then he will be seen a year from then.

September 03, 2011

Surgery Pics: Day 1

Family picture before heading into surgery

Grandma Beth and Owen before heading into surgery

Poor Owen right out of surgery

Shortly after having his breathing tube taken out

August 30, 2011

We're Home!

Owen had his discharge echo and ecg done yesterday morning and they both looked good. His remaining IV was removed along with his pacing wires.

He finally ate a decent amount of food too. He hadn't had much of an appetite but last night he ate almost half of his hamburger, about 10 french fries, a pudding and some applesauce!

We took him for a wagon ride in the afternoon, which he did not enjoy too much.

We got things together at the Ronald McDonald House this morning and picked up our precious little boy around 11:00 this morning and headed home. I am SO happy to be home, as is Owen. I'm hoping to get some more pictures posted later, once we are settled in.

Thank you all for your prayers, thoughts, and support!!

August 28, 2011

Goodbye Oxygen

Owen has offically said goodbye to the blow-by oxygen and is maintaining O2 stats of about 98. Prior to surgery they were 90 to 92! I'm SO happy to have that out of the way. Chest xrays have greatly improved also. He put out a lot of fluid yesterday while being on lasiks and sounds a ton better today.
The original plan was to possibly go home tomorrow but Tuesday is looking more realistic since he is still on some IV antibiotics to help clear up anything in the lungs.
I feel so blessed to have everything going this smoothly!

P.s. sorry for the bad pictures, they're from my phone.

August 27, 2011

Our Little Peanut

It feels so good to hold him after all of this :)

Things are Looking Good

It's been two days since Owen's surgery and things are continuing to go well.  The plan for today is to have the drain tube in his chest removed along with his pacing wires, as we have not needed them at all.
The main focus though is to work on getting his lungs cleared up a bit. He has got a little build up of fluid/mucous in each lung which is causing his O2 stats to drop when they remove the oxygen. So clapping on his back and chest will be today's activity. The doctor wasn't too concerned though, said this is really common after surgery.
Currently they have him on oxygen set at 100% blow-by which leads him to have O2 stats of about 97 to 100. But when he moves and isn't getting that, his levels seem to drop into the mid 80s. So that is our main hurdle in my opinon.
After Owen being on oxygen for the first 2 months of his life, I'm really focusing on that. I really don't want him to be stuck here just because of the O2 levels.
His pain is under control. After surgery he was on a constant drip of Fetanoyl (sp?). That was discontinued yesterday morning and is now on scheduled doses of tylenol and a little bit of morphine when needed.
On another note, his nurse said we should be able to take him for a walk in a wagon today!