Thursday, February 10, 2005

O.R. Procedure Went Very Well

Surgeons took Bailey back at 7:30 this morning. She was really nervous, but did fine. About 2 hours later, we learned that they took her PA line out, her chest tubes out, the arterial line in her groin out, and changed her central line to the other shoulder. They even took the stitches out of her incision in her chest! Also, "while they had her back there", they cardioverted her and she now has a regular heart beat. They did an echo also, and the cardiologist said "her pressures look really good". (They steadily fell throughout the night and were dipping into the 50's before her procedure this morning.) It took Bailey about 3 hours to come out of her anesthesia, but when she did, she felt good. She was glad to hear she was cardioverted because the irregular heartbeat was making her nervous. She has a much easier time moving around now with less things attached to her - they even hung her head over the bed this afternoon and washed her hair. She'll hate me later for reporting this, but they took her catheter out and she sat successfully on a bed pan - yeah!! Hey, progress is progress and is to be celebrated! They're hoping to get her to the heart center on Monday and the surgeon has ordered her to "make laps around the heart center" once she's up there. Her temperature was up again later this morning, but not sure if it was just because of the heating pads they had piled under the blankets when she returned from the chilly operating room. She was very active this afternoon and ate a pretty decent lunch - not up to par yet, but definitely getting there. They've not been working too hard on getting her off the nitric oxide, but have begun that process again.

Surgeons say the biggest risk of VAD's is infection, so Bailey will still be in insolation even when we get to the heart center. But we're ready for the move and ready to hang out there for as long as we need to.

Today was definitely the most encouraging day we've had yet. To see her moving around so much and so comfortably is a joy truly beyond words. These last 2 weeks have been quite an "emotional storm". God has definitely been taking care of us - he even structures it so that Scott and I have our breakdowns on different days - when one of us is stressing, the other is strong enough to step in and take over, and vice versa. To all of you out there who have said a prayer for us in the past weeks, please consider each and every single one of you hugged - you are truly appreciated!!

Love to you all, Angie

(P.S. - Annette, we met Lola today!)


Blogger julie stephenson said...

Angie -

I just heard about Bailey. I was lucky enough to have someone forward me the site to see how Bailey and your family are doing.

Please know you are in my prayers!!!!!!! Glad to hear that Bailey had a good day.


8:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt Vickie said...

Woo Hoo!!!! I've been wondering all day! Sounds great! We're doing the butter churn! Is that what you call that dance? Oh, well, whatever the dance, we're happy, we're dancing, woo hoo!!! Keep up the good work. I'm hoping to come see you tomorrow. Maybe I can get a wave through the window? Ya think? Love ya much, Aunt Vickie.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

I'm so happy Lola stopped in! She's an absolute angel! I started to cry when I read that she came in!

Also so happy that Bailey got through the "operation" okay. My heart is dancing for you! Bailey, I hope you get up to the heart center soon! Keep up the good work!!!!

Much love,

8:42 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann Lucas said...

Oh boy....every single person reading this blog is gonna be doing the "happy dance" before this is all over! ha So very glad today went well for you our Bailey girl. You and your Mama are amazing girls. You keep hanging in there together because there's nothing better than a mother and daughter team. Angie I'm fixing to bring you an egg salad sandwich from Hoaglin's one of these days for lunch. I'll wait until things settle a bit before I visit again. Sure don't want to take your time away from your girl. You are loved tremendously and we are all still praying every day for you and Bailey! Thank you so much for your messages. They are a Blessing to all of us!

Mary Ann

9:20 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Angie --

If I tell you my son, Tom, was in band with you at GCHS, you may recognize me.

I've read with interest your blogs. Much of my childhood was lived in Riley. Thank goodness, the place has changed!

If Angie or Terri come in from Child Life, they would recognize my name. I coordinate volunteers from a group to encourage holiday card design monthly.

It sounds as if things are moving in the right direction for Bailey.

I'll keep watch on this site. If Bailey is up to company when I return, I'll find her. Just tell her I'm a redhead in a wheelchair.

My husband died in 2000. I relocated in 2001, and my hair suddenly turned red. Imagine that!

Tom currently lives in the Colorado Springs area. Another move may occur soon. Eventually, I'll have visited the entire company with all his transfers.

Tom went to Texas for his MBA (after Purdue). He met and married a high school home ec teacher in a singles' Sunday School class. She quit teaching, and they quickly had 3 kids.

I heard about Bailey and this site from Charlotte (way out there in Tucson).

You and your family remain in my prayers.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Aunt Cindy said...

Hey guys! What a major milestone! I could not be happier to hear some of the lines and tubes are gone. That will help tremendously! Do those laps Bailey - each step is literally a step closer to recovery! You've got a big job to do and I have absolutely no doubt that you can do it! I love you and am so proud of you - Ang - that goes for you guys too - and YOU BET we've all been praying. Consider yourselves hugged too! See you again soon.
Cindy, David, Tyler, and Cortney

5:54 AM  
Blogger Nancy DeCamp said...

Doing a Happy Dance!!!! Praising God! and Continuing to Pray! (Now that is what I call multi-tasking!) Love, Nancy

5:59 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wounderful news!!
We truely do have an awsome God.
Keep up the good work, Bailey.
We are still praying.

Love to your whole family,
Tammy (moms cousin)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Diane Roe said...

Good morning! All of us at Angie's work are so very happy for the good news! We send our best wishes and prayers every day. I hope to see both of you (even if it's at "long distance" ) today. You are both fantastic!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Aunt Cindy said...

Hey, Bailey! As hard as it is to get my arms through these skinny computer lines, you are most definitely getting a big hug right now! It's probably a good thing they won't let all of us in your room because you would be rolling those eyes and wishing for some peace and quiet with all the dancing going on! You are certainly closer to dancing with us now that you don't have so many tubes and wires to get tangled in. Look how far God has brought you in less than two weeks time - totally amazing! Craig and Adam wanted me to be sure and say HI and let you know they are praying for you, and love you! Tim and I continue to pray, too, and love you very much! Have another fantastic day, and get prepared for the big move to the heart center soon!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Grandma Carol said...

Good job, Bailey! I was so happy to hear that everything went so well yesterday and that you are feeling so much better! Also, that you might be going to your room soon! Awesome! Maybe Papa and I can peek at you through the window this week-end and give and get a hug "long-distance." Ya think? Sure is cold out this morning, but I'll bet you are snuggly and warm! Have a "great" day and Papa and I will be thinking about you!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Grandma Carol said...

Good job, Bailey! I was so happy to hear that everything went so well yesterday and that you are feeling so much better! Also, that you might be going to your room soon! Awesome! Maybe Papa and I can peek at you through the window this week-end and give and get a hug "long-distance." Ya think? Sure is cold out this morning, but I'll bet you are snuggly and warm! Have a "great" day and Papa and I will be thinking about you!

8:31 AM  
Blogger MaryAnne Alexander said...


Your family has been in my prayers since I left R&L. I am so excited to see that everything is progressing well. God is truly awesome and His grace is always there.


8:50 AM  
Blogger Aunt Robin said...

Great news Bails!!! I can't wait to see you. I have lots of cards to bring you from people at work, from family, etc. Marissa and I were going to come see you and your mommy today, but Rissy has a little bit of a cold so maybe next week. I know Rissy Roo and Josie miss you so much, and they really miss you too Angie. Uncle Jim got back from Washington, DC yesterday, and he Josie are already at it(ha ha--I think they really love each other though). And, Josie will get me for telling you this, but I know you'll crack up when you read this--Josie got a love letter from a boy at school. Apparently, he's been in love with Josie for 2 years and just finally decided to let her know. Josie was so grossed out (Good Girl!) and the very next day the teacher changed seats for the students and guess who Josie sits by now? Yep, the love sick boy. Ha Ha--just in time for Valentine's Day (and your mom and Tom's anniversary).

Keep up the good work sister!! I've got to go now, I'm going to have Marissa start running laps around the house in your honor!!

Love Aunt Robin.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Aunt Debbie A said...

Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's the kind of news we've been praying for!! We'll just keep praying for some more!! Moving to the Heart Center on Valentines appropriate!! Your guardian angels are probably already fluffing the pillows over there. They sure do take great care of you! It's a good thing they let em' in ICU! : )

Love and Kisses, Aunt Deb xoxoxo

10:48 AM  
Blogger Aunt Debi said...

Bailers: Your Dad called me yesterday and shared all the wonderful news, he is so happy that you are doing well. You are so loved by so many people and God has certainly been answering our prayers. I can't wait to walk those laps with you in the heart center, remember in our "pink high tops". Looking forward to seeing you as is Uncle John & Ryann. I think we will leave the little wild man back with Boone & Crockett.
XOXOXOXO See you soon.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Uncle Jim said...

Great news Bailey. So glad to hear of the progress. I wanted to come peek in at you when I got back from Washington but I feel like I have been coming down with a cold, so I am going to stay away until I know that it's gone. As soon as I am feeling better, I will be up to see you.

Love, Uncle Jim

3:31 PM  

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