Our Dolly was in the OR for 11.5 hours yesterday. Yes, eleven-and-one-half-hours. We knew it would be a long one, but the estimate was 6-8 hours, which, as you know, is not 11.5. The repair went really well, but during the surgery, Dolly’s Mitral Valve started to leak pretty majorly. She had to be put back onto bypass to fix this. Two runs of bypass is a lot for a little body.
She made it TO the dance when she survived her surgery. Now we begin the CICU Waltz. This where, for the next 2-3 days, everyone in the CICU moves back and forth in an extremely choreographed rhythm to keep Dolly’s heart in balance. Sometimes, too much fluid is given and the dance stops. We all have to begin to move again ever so slowly, ever so carefully, and in perfect synchronicity, to ensure the steps aren’t wrong and that the timing is right.
These doctors and nurses have done this waltz before. In fact, they do it every day. So when a misstep is made, when someone is off, the rest of the team immediately knows how to compensate. They said that tomorrow Dolly will lead, and they will all just follow. We will slowly try to wean her off the ventilator. They will time themselves perfectly to her pace, her steps and her rhythm, and we will all watch her heal.
–FullPlateMom, who isn’t usually a patient person, but for now, is content to just sit and watch her girl heal.