Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The catheter was removed from Jack's stomach tonight. It was draining the fluid off his belly but it had slowed down enough that they thought it a larger risk for infection than useful for removing excess fluid. It has been very infrequent that Jack hasn't received an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of his heart. Today's echo showed good heart function although his triscupid valve continues to have moderate regurgitation. Dr. Hawkins feels that when the vascular ring is corrected the pressure will decrease enough that the valve problem will be less of an issue. Waiting for the swelling to go down is a slow process but it appears as though things are going in the right direction. We are always excited for Wednesday because everyone in the hospital gets to play bingo, and better yet, everyone wins a prize. (even if you're too little to play) This week Jack prize was teddy bear with a green bow.