I have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news. Namine will no longer have heart surgery today. The doctors discovered a hole in her throat, caused by the high pressure from the air tube. It is NOT infected, and they are confident that she will heal quickly. Since she needs help getting air, they have intibated her (they have put the air tube all the way down into her airway, instead of just past the obstruction of her tongue). The doctors have rescheduled Namine’s heart surgery for Monday morning, but of course this also depends on how quickly her throat heals.
And now, the good news. The doctors have examined Namine’s trachea, and have found that it is fine. They were worried that it would be narrow or have some sort of deformity, but to the contrary, it is normal. So, the only obstruction to her breathing is her regressed jaw and tongue, which will be addressed by reconstructive surgery at a later point.
I’ve got some more pictures and a video of our bundle o’ joy (and I mean this literally – last night she was a little burrito) to upload, but that will have to wait until I get home. Another couple of days, I think. We’ll see if we can stay in a parent room at the NICU again.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.