It’s not any MORE fluid then it was before. So, that’s good. It’s not SO much fluid that they feel that Dolly’s heart is in active failure now. That’s good.
They feel that this just may be the fluid she lives with until we can do something to improve her heart function. Bummer.
We are increasing the dose of her diuretic (Lasix) to try to get rid of it, but also because she gained almost a kilo worth of weight since her last visit. That’s GREAT. My girl, she likes her some food.
She is getting chubby. I asked if the chub on her newly rounded face could be edema (aka swelling, which is a sign of heart failure), but they said absolutely not. It’s chub. My baby is getting fat. I LOVE that!!!
We are cleared to have her heart cath done. On Monday. Yes, you heard me. Monday. As in 5 days from now.
Dolly will have to undergo general anesthesia and because of the fluid on her lungs, she’s earned herself a stay in the PICU for the night of her cath. The Cardiology team is a little concerned that extubating our Dolly may prove difficult. She will have a tube breathing for her while she sleeps. Once they start messing with her already stiff little lungs, getting her off the breathing machine may take time. When I asked how much of a possibility it was that she would leave the cath lab still intubated, they told me “remote”.
My mama heart hates hearing all the “remote” possibilities that it heard today.
My mama heart hates entering the PICU as anything but a paid employee.
My mama heart is going to HATE seeing her baby earn a new scar. The first of many.
My mama heart likes the idea of healing her baby.
who takes the good, and the bad, but would prefer a little more of the former.