Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 67 - Left Side Shunt Surgery tomorrow...

    Today Grants Oxygen Saturation levels were back up into the 70's (and occasionally the 80's).  Cathy and I spent the entire day talking to Doctors and Surgeons about Grant's outlook.  We finally spoke to Dr Knott-Craig this afternoon and told us that he could try to put in a shunt as a last resort.  He was only about 80% certain that the shunt could be inserted successfully.  If the shunt is unsuccessful, Grant will likely die soon.  Currently, he has quickly outgrown his small vessels and his condition is very unstable.  At this point, Cathy and I are at peace with whatever happens tomorrow.  We have done all we can do at this point and Grant is completely in God's hands.
  The surgery is tomorrow around noon and will take about 3 hours.  If they are unsuccessful with the shunt, Grant will have only a small amount of time to live.  Needless to say, tomorrow will be the single most pivotal day in Grant's life.  The Shunt procedure is not open heart surgery.  In fact, the shunt is inserted through Grant's side.  If the sugery is a success, he could be off the drugs and ventilator in less than a week (I think that may be a bit optimistic).  We are all trying to get some good sleep tonight and prepare for a wonderful day tomorrow.

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