Friday, September 23, 2011

Gavin's afternoon at the hospital

Gavin and I spent the afternoon at the hospital. Here is a picture that I tried to take of Gavin while we were waiting in the waiting room:

He doesn't look very pleased about the whole thing, does he? Actually, he was quite the trooper! He did SO WELL, despite the fact that it took 4 pokes to start an I.V. He didn't cry at all unti the 4th poke......What a good boy! Then he finally said, "THAT'S ENOUGH!", and started to cry.

We were at the hospital to do a sedated heart echo, and also to have his pacemaker evaluated. They did the echo first. He has never had a sedated echo before, but this time the cardiologist wanted to sedate him to get a really good reading since Gavin doesn't lay as still as he used to. They used Propofol to put him to sleep. That is the drug that Michael Jackson died from. When they said they were going to use it, I said, "Wasn't that drug given a bad name by M.J.'s death?! You sure you want to use that one?!" They assured me it was safe, so I approved. After they put the med in Gavin's I.V., he was asleep in less than 10 seconds flat! It was kind of scary to see him go out that fast! But, it did make me aware why M.J. might have liked that drug! I sure would like to go to sleep, and stay asleep that well!

The initial results show that Gavin's heart is not enlarged (great news!), and his Mitral valve leak has not gotten any worse! This was a relief, because I am dreading the day that they say he is in need of his next heart surgery!

After his pacemaker was evaluated they decided to make some changes to the settings to try to preserve the battery life of the pacemaker, and also to allow his heart to work a little more on it's own. I'm praying this change doesn't create any ill effects! I asked his cardiologist if he really wanted to mess with a good thing, considering Gavin's history, but he thought Gavin could handle the changes, so hopefully he is right!

Gavin was also sent home on a 24 hour holter monitor, to make sure his heart is beating regularly, and at a normal rhythm. It looks like Gavin has a bomb strapped to him!

Nolan and Caleb feel really bad for Gavin. They think it's so sad that he has to wear this for 24 hours, because they said it doesn't look like it feels comfortable at all! I agree! They are also sad that Gavin had to be poked so many times today. It makes me sad to see them sad.....but it also makes me happy knowing they have such a sensitive spot for Gavin and that they love him so much! They are such great big brothers to Gavin!

I'm glad this day is over with! I was worried about Gavin being sedated, and I was also worried about the results we would receive. I knew that God had it all under control, but still, this Momma thinks she'll sleep much better tonight, knowing that surgery isn't looming over us any time soon!

Hopefully Gavin will sleep good as well.....but after the great nap he got while being sedated today, he may just decide to stay up and party all night long! : ) If he chooses to do this, I'll gladly stay up and party right along with my sweet boy!

Gavin was the talk of everyone who saw him at the hospital.....thanks to his cute football socks!

Aren't they adorable?!

And, isn't my brave boy a cutie as well?!

He makes me so happy, I just love him so much!

Thanks for praying for my boy! Hugs!!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will gaurd your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6


Michelle said...

He's a cutey patootie!! Thank the Lord from whom all blessing flow!!Thank you Jesus for your goodness.

Missie said...

Praise the Lord for a wonderful report! LOVE the football outfit Gavin's rockin' today! What a hunny!

Zoey's mom, Heather said...

Sweet, brave boy!

So glad for all the good news and praying everything checks out perfectly after the 24 hour monitoring.I am sure it will.

Zoey always has a sedated echo as she is totally freaked after all her medical stuff ... especially chemo. Who can blame the girl, uh?

Carole Doty said...

Praise God for such great results and that Gavin tolerated the entire process so well...He always does because he is such a trooper, and such a sweet natured little buddy! Grandma loves you so much honey. I'm glad for you (and your precious momma) that this ordeal is over. Hugs and kisses sweet boy!!!!!

Love said...

God bless him, and may he get out of these medical conditions soon.. running around with Gods love alone... ensuring a safe happy and long life...:D


God bless u all!

stephanie said...

He is such a brave and beautiful little boy. I wish i could give him a snuggle!
Sending one via cyberspace!

Colleen said...

Awww sweet boy! That's so sweet that his brothers are concerned for him though. They sound like they have big hearts.

Michelle and Jason said...

That's great news! I'm glad everything went well!