The cath revealed collateral arteries and veins which they closed up with coils. The collaterals are something her body made because it knew that not enough blood was going to the lungs. So, these collaterals brought more blood to the lungs for her. These aren't good to have during and after the Glenn operation as it can cause problems with fluid. Closing them up will hopefully help prevent fluid problems post-op. However, closing these off causes her oxygen saturations to be lower. So, she won't be discharged tomorrow as originally planned. She'll stay here on oxygen to keep her saturations where they need to be. Right now, they're hovering in the low 70's on a liter and half of oxygen. That is fine for right now.
At the very beginning of Julianne's catheterization she did have an arrhythmia episode. She came out of it on her own. She didn't like it, but she did not become unstable. The electrophysiology team came in and tried to stimulate it again with the catheters, but were unable to do so. That's good. Her doctors think that at this point its not something we need to worry about. They
Julianne's aortic arch had a very small amount of narrowing. So small that they did not need to balloon it open.
She was VERY VERY hungry after the cath and took 10ML BY BOTTLE of pedialyte! Of course she threw it up afterward. But, hey, I'm just glad she hasn't forgotten how to suck, swallow, & breathe. We were encouraged by that.
Tonight Julianne and I will try to get some sleep here at the hospital and Kent will stay at the Devon Nicole House. Thank you for checking in on our little one and thank you for all the prayers. :)
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