Where do I start, today was a very long day---Gracie spent almost 5 1/2 hours down in the Cath lab! As we waited we were anxious and concerned about the length of time it was taking, but we couldn't help but joke about how this is typical Grace "behavior." It took two hours alone for the cardiologist to gain access to Gracie's veins and once inside, additional hours coiling and finding all the things that needed to be fixed. In all, Gracie had 15 coils placed and her pulmonary arteries were ballooned in an attempt to enlarge it and after all that we are hoping that Grace does great and will be home soon.
While sitting in the waiting room we saw various doctors that are following Grace walk to the Cath lab to check things out, as they walked back from the lab and saw us they would shake their heads and smile, instantly we all were thinking the same thing...Grace will be Grace! Perhaps the funniest was when Dr. Kouretas (her surgeon) came out and had a look on his face that seemed to say, "I'm glad I'm not the one doing the cath, I've done my time this time around."
But really Gracie is doing well, she is still intubated, we felt it was the best thing for her, to give her a chance to rest and recover (this way she got the good stuff, versed and phentanyl). Hopefully she will be extubated without much problems tomorrow and do just great.