• Good news

    Namine’s surgeon just came out to tell us they’ve finished. They ended up only needing to use sutures, and not staples like the PA had originally told us. The sutures are interrupted, though, similar to how the staples would be, so that the wound can breathe a little and still heal from the inside out.…

  • Full speed ahead

    Full speed ahead

    The CV surgical team met this morning to decide on what to do with Namine – whether to try another wound vac or just close her chest. And the final decision has come down that they’re going to close her up.

  • Done and done

    Done and done

    Namine’s operating cardiac surgeon just came out to tell us that they’ve finished. And good news all around.

  • Constant vigilance!

    Constant vigilance!

    But seriously, a huuuge thank-you to everybody keeping Namine in your prayers. We’re here in the surgery waiting area, and a nurse just informed us that they’re getting started now. I’ll update as things progress.

  • Namine’s prayer

    Namine’s prayer

    Dear Jesus, please help my chest heal so I can feel better and come home. They’re coming to take Namine back soon. Please keep her in your prayers.

  • The coming storm

    The coming storm

    It is as we feared: the cardiovascular surgical team is concerned for Namine’s chest incision, and they will be taking Namine to the OR in order to open it back up.

  • Calm between storms

    Calm between storms

    Spending the weekend in the hospital is, above all else, boring. We pass the time by playing games, watching TV, playing more games, watching a movie… you get the idea. But as we near Tuesday (the day we were not quite promised, but we were told that we could possibly go home), we fear that…

  • At last, an end in sight

    At last, an end in sight

    Seeing the doctors take Namine away to the operating room is never easy. I actually think it gets harder as she gets older. Seeing the pain in her eyes just breaks my heart. I thought it might make it easier if I came back with her, so we asked the doctors if that would be…

  • Getting the story straight

    Getting the story straight

    Namine’s operating cardiac surgeon paid us a visit this morning. He told us he believes there is no reason to open her incision back up. She’s healing too well, he said, and her markers of infection are too low. It would be overkill, then, to open the incision all the way back up just to…

  • Risk versus benefit

    Risk versus benefit

    Earlier today I had mentioned that the culture taken from Namine’s chest incision indicated that she has MRSA. Before the culture results had come back, the doctors had put Namine on clindamycin as a precautionary measure, as they suspected infection (pus oozing out of a wound, with barely a touch to provoke it, will do…

  • Conflicting stories

    Conflicting stories

    Mike, our favorite physician’s assistant, just gave us an updated report on all things Namine. The doctor from infectious diseases, as I mentioned, wants to open Namine’s chest and clean it out. But Namine’s operating cardiac surgeon does not.

  • Once more unto the breach

    Once more unto the breach

    The doctor from the infectious diseases just paid us a visit. His recommendation is that Namine’s chest should be opened back up, cleaned out, and closed up again.