Monday, August 8, 2011

Quick Post Surgery Update

Well we made it through surgery.  Deep breath.

Dr. Kanter explained to us everything went as well as he could have expected.  They did the Ross/Konno procedure and repaired the coarctation in his aorta. He had 2 concerns. 

1) Caden had a heart attack.  The tissue around the left ventricle(LV) area appeared to have been depleted of oxygen due to the high pressure in the LV.  Long term it doesn't seem to be a really big issue.  However, short term it means the recovery is more difficult. 

2) His left ventricle was very thickened.  The doc described it this way:  If you work our your biceps they get bigger.  Caden's LV was working a lot harder to get the blood through the narrowed aortic valve, and therefore got thicker.  This decreases its ability to effectively pump blood through the body.  They are currently measuring his blood pressure to gauge its effectiveness.  If they dont believe it is adequate there will likely be more surgery.  This is something that Becca and I truly believe will have to be prayed away.  We are grateful for going to battle with us and for us and Caden.  We trust God will make Caden's LV healthy and effective.  Please continue to join us in praying for his LV.

The next 48 hours are extremely critical.  His chest is open and we can see his heart beating.  He is hooked up to mutiple lines and on multiple medicines.  The nurse is encouraged so far by his progress and how stable he is.  When we have the emotional energy to post a more detailed update we will.  We love you and are so blessed to have you join us on our journey.  God is good!!

Adam

26 comments:

  1. New follower. Thinking about and praying for Caden!

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  2. Thank you for the update Adam. Your family is in my prayers.

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  3. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

    Thanking Jesus for carrying Caden through today and trusting in Him for complete healing!

    Lots of prayers and love from Nashville!

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  4. My family and I are praying for Caden and your family.

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  5. We are so grateful for the update. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers all day. I know you still have a long road to haul - and we will continue to ask for God's healing, mercy, peace, endurance, and....

    Love Aunt Joyce/Uncle Hal

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  6. Your story touched me so much. I'm glad you have such a loved baby.

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  7. Thank you so much for the update. I will continue praying for your family through the next couple of days & so on. God is good. Sending positive thoughts for your littlest one.

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  8. We continue to send our prayers for sweet Caden and your whole family.

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  9. Beautiful Stanley Family - what an update! Love knowing how to pray for you all and that beautiful baby.

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  10. Thanks for keeping us so we can pray more specifically. Catherine spent about 5 full minutes praying for Caden and Jayci. Love you guys and so grateful to hear your strength in the Lord!

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  11. thanking the Lord for bringing him through the surgery ... continuing to pray for his recovery and for healing of the LV.

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  12. My Caden prayed for your Caden tonight. Here was his prayer: "Dear God, please heal baby Caden's heart like you healed mine. Amen"
    We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

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  13. Lord you are the giver of life. Right now We ask that you create new cells to replace the ones damaged by the hear attack. And we ask that his blood pressure will not be an issue. Giver of Life heal this little heart. We know that right this very minute you hold hid little heart in your hands.

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  14. Saw your blog referenced by a friend of my mine. Praying for your family and precious baby boy.

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  15. Praying for continued healing. Your family has been close to my heart all day.

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  16. Praying for your sweet son.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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  17. Praying for you and little Caden. ♥

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  18. I am praying for your sweet baby boy and your family.

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  19. Total stranger in Oklahoma- praying for you and your precious little one.

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  20. You guys are so strong and amazing. Such an inspiration! Love and thoughts to you and your precious baby Caden. :)

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  21. I had a Coarctation of Aorta surgery in 1987 (I was 5) and have ZERO complications. When I was growing up I was able to play sports and do everything a kid's supposed to do. Outside of a yearly checkup (and a scar that everyone seems to like for some reason), I don't even think about it. I hope that gives you some comfort. You'll be in our prayers tonight.

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  22. Continuing to pray for you sweet boy!

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  23. Continue to pray and think about all of you. Sending lots of love!

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  24. Praying for you all during this time. May God carry you through. Pat Bull (Kathryn Apinis' mom)

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