Shunt Surgery Day – December 2, 2020

Today was a new day.

We were pretty terrified that Sloane wouldn’t be strong enough to handle the cardiac shunt procedure today but we were so wrong.

After they rolled me into the OR and began the ultra sound to determine shunt placement they immediately noted that there was significantly less fluid around her heart – so much in fact that they almost couldn’t place the shunt (probably should check that before they give me the epidural next time). As they moved on to the rest of her body that found that although there were still pockets of fluid they were considerably smaller than yesterday which was a true miracle.We went ahead with the shunt placement because I was already in the OR and had an epidural placed so they felt it was worth continuing. The shunt will help keep the fluid off her heart and as a result hopefully keep it from building other places as well.

Sloane continues to amaze us in so many ways. One of the concerns with a cardiac shunt is that the baby will decide to pull it out because it’s a “play thing” to them in utero. Wouldn’t you know it that as they did the procedure Sloane rolled to her left so they could place it on her left side and in a much more difficult place for her to pull out. She handled the whole procedure like the warrior she is and now we are just hanging out at the hospital for a few more hours for monitoring before we head back to the hotel. Hopefully after a check up tomorrow we will be able to go home for the rest of the week/weekend.

We remain so thankful for all the prayers. We feel them and know they are working for our girl. We will be back in Cinci next Monday to re-evaluate with the team and keep planning for next steps.

In the meantime we specifically ask for prayers that:

  • The shunt does its job and resolves the Hydrops completely
  • No tumor growth
  • Continued strong cardiac function
  • Sloane to keep growing and getting stronger
  • That we can keep her healthy and strong for the next 3 weeks- getting her to 28 weeks would be a big milestone for her

We are so thankful for our friends and family near and far and the many folks who are helping us at home to manage things. We couldn’t do this alone.

Published by Brooke Powers

I am a 7th grade teacher with 9 years experience and 3 years experience implementing the Common Core. I want to help teachers new to the profession and new to the Common Core be as successful as possible while growing professionally myself!

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