After a rough start last night, Bodie seems to be doing better this morning, praise God!!! His oxygen sats were really low last night, so they had to take the patch off his chest and look at his heart to make sure the shunt they put in wasn't being compressed. The good news is that the surgical site looked "fantastic" (no bleeding, leaks, etc.). They also put a little stint in to relieve some of the pressure on the shunt. At the same time, they changed a bunch of things, including putting him on a paralytic (which is common to treat hypertension and not a huge step since he was already so deeply sedated) and adding some meds. They monitored him all night (I called every 2-3 hours to check in) and his saturation levels came up and in general things were looking a lot better! They're not sure which measure made the impact, but something they did worked, so we're really grateful!
As of this morning, things were looking good and they removed the external pacemaker - the nurse told me he has a nice rythym! I think they're going to try to reduce some of his fluids today and then we have at least another day before they start thinking about taking him out of sedation and closing things. So, he's definitely not out of the woods yet (still very much in a critical state) and we have a long road ahead of us, but at least we're making progress, if slowly. Please continue to pray for our little guy's body and that it can heal as much as possible over the next few days!!! Thank you so much for your continued prayers for our little fighter!!!