The procedure didn't go exactly perfectly. The surgery was scheduled for 2 hours (the anesthesiologist thought it would be 3) but ended up being 5 hours long. Apparently the lung was very inflamed and "sticky" which made it difficult to remove. We found out later that the infection was described as coral-like (which seems a bad texture to have in your lung). During the surgery a bit of fluid moved from the right lung to the left lung (the surgery was performed with her on her side) and it clogged her breathing tube. The anesthesiologist initially thought Clara's O2 saturation dropped to ~50% for around 10 minutes. There was some concern that this could have damaged her kidneys and maybe brain. We later found out from the operative note that it was only 2.5 minutes (time must run slower in the OR) and that she wasn't as concerned. Nevertheless, the anesthesiologist was happy that everything returned to pre-surgery status (peeing and playing).
|Clara on Monday after her surgery.|
After the surgery, Clara was kept intibated and sedated until Tuesday so that she could have some rest to let the body start to recover. I imagine partly because it is difficult to keep a baby still and partly because they were a little worried about extibation. They extibated on Tuesday a little early when she was demonstrating correct pressure around a leak in the breathing tube (better than the respiratory therapists had expected).
They moved us down to the oncology unit on Wednesday evening. This was great because we could actually sleep in the room which I did along with Brooke on Wednesday night. Clara actually slept pretty well and returned to her normal eating schedule. By normal feeding schedule she was able to have ~120ml of milk through her NG tube every 3 hours.
|Clara on Wednesday night.|
|Clara on Thanksgiving!|
We will be having to come in every day (except Sunday) for her to receive some medications (right now one of her anti-fungals but soon the chemos as well). The anti-fungal takes 2 hours to run plus she will be getting labs and such so we are anticipating 4 hours per day in the hospital. This doesn't sound too bad to us because we have gotten so used to being here. Of course, we need to get Brooke a car ASAP so that she can take care of these errands while I am able to actually do some work. Either way, we are looking forward to some normal time with her at home.