Two hours later, after many trips to the vending machines (Madi's favorite part of a hospital visit), we were brought the good news from Dr. Sandhu herself. Daniel did great and they were very optimistic about his pulmonary system. He has two very strong arteries and only two collateral vessels had formed. One of them, on the left, was what they originally thought was an open PDA. It is not. The PDA is closed. This collateral vessel is what is getting oxygen to his lungs! There was another small vessel on the right side, but it had narrowed quite a bit and wasn't functioning effectively so they closed it off. Daniel's case will be discussed at the catheter conference and we should know soon how and when they will proceed with surgery.
It took a while to calm Daniel down after the procedure. Thankfully, we had been warned by several people about kids and anesthesia so we were prepared. By the time they released him from the recovery room, it was after 6pm and they wanted us to stay for the night to observe him. We settled into our room after 7pm. Daddy took Madi home, and I stayed with Daniel. It was a long night of little sleep. It seemed like he would just get to sleep and someone would come in to take his vitals or poke him! It was frustrating, but the hospital was the best place to be to make sure Daniel was recovering okay. The next day we woke up at about 5am and we were discharged at 10:00 after he was checked out and given a good report. Daddy came to pick us up and we both passed out on the way home!
Daniel was fabulous. Fabulous and resilient. Madi was pretty brave herself. What she witnessed watching her little brother come out of anesthesia was pretty brutal, but she handled it amazingly well. It appears as though she has a new appreciation and level of protection for him. He is an unbelievably strong little boy.