Sunday, March 28, 2010

Planning on heading home Monday! : )

Saturday Victoria was moved from PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to the regular Ped. room we had had before her surgery.  The only moniter she still has on is on her foot, and measures her oxygen and tracks her heart beat.  It looks like a little bandage around her foot with a red light.  We actually had a little cuddle with her on Saturday.  The only pain med she's getting at the moment is tylenol...though I think that I saw a nurse give her a little sucralose last night...  The Dr.s who came in this morning, said that the stitches are looking good...they are going to change the clear dressing tomorrow.  She has about a 3" incision on her head...behind her right ear, and another not quite as long in the abdominal area.  They measured her head before surgery, and got a measurement of 68cm.  Saturday morning, they measured, and got a measurement of 62 it was just over 61 cm.  The shunt they put in can regulate the amount of CSF that drains, and to avoid other complications, they set it so that it is draining quite slowly to begin with.  They intend to change if from 2.0 to 1.5 tomorrow so that it will drain slightly quicker.  Then in two weeks or so, they may
change the setting to 1.0, depending how the fluid is draining,and how her body is absorbing the CSF.  The large drop in size after the surgery is probably due to the fluid which had built up between her skull and the skin over it...some of that would have drained of during the surgery.

If all goes well, we plan on heading home Monday, the 29th of March.  We are so grateful for all of your prayers...please continue to keep us...and little Victoria in your prayers.  We continue to be thankful for God's goodness...we know that His plan is perfect...and that he continues to do all things well. 

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