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April 26th 12 hrs post op

posted Apr 26, 2010, 10:35 PM by Sean Molby   [ updated Apr 27, 2010, 6:23 PM ]

So this is the first time I am posting as Sean has been the amazing husband and done all the things the last 2 weeks that I just have not been capable of dealing with. But it seems even he has his limits and the lack of sleep, the stress of having to return back to work instead of being here with Tristan, and surgery today is finally catching up with him and unlike me he does not have medicinal help to get him through the nights (and just to assure you all I have not turned into a new druggie J but I have no shame in saying “thank GOD for pain meds” cause without them sleep would be an impossibility). Also, before I get started I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and all the help we have received. The support our family and friends have shown has been much needed, appreciated, and greatly admired! You have all been wonderful and I truly believe Tristan is now doing as well as he is thanks to you all! He knows you are all out there cheering him on! PLEASE keep it coming.


Well, we are nearly 12 hours post op and so far Tristan is right were he should be. He does have slightly low blood pressure but they have assured us, thoroughly at my constant asking, that for the procedure he went through that it is expected and they have increased his fluids and are giving him a minimal dose of epinephrine to help raise it. Again this is considered a normal practice for his type of recovery. All his other stats are in good range. Heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturations are close to perfect and they have even taken him off the nitrogen and all is going good with that as well. His blood gases have all come back in the normal range and he is recovering peacefully and so far without complications. Overall, Sean and I could not have asked for a better anniversary gift (for those that don’t know today was our 14th
Wedding Anniversary-a bit stressful but I have no complaints, he has even promised a yogurt from the cafeteria before nights end J)

We will probably be up here for at least a couple more hours or more before heading back to the RM house to catch a few hours of rest. So we will try to update again before leaving and then again mid afternoon tomorrow. I know a lot of you wait anxiously to have the next bit of news…… I am here and know what is going on and I can’t wait to see what Sean has posted next so I understand how important the updates are.

Please continue to keep Tristan in your prayers as he still has a long road ahead. They consider him severely critical until at least 24 to 48 hours post op, so until he makes it through the next couple of days it will be very stressful and nerve racking.

For anyone wishing to come up and see him you are more than welcome. I am always within 5+ minutes of getting to him and either Sean or I have to be here for the majority of visitors. All we ask is that you don’t come if you have any symptoms of illness at all and that you leave the little ones at home as they are not allowed in the PICU or the NICU. If Sean is up here as well we asked that visits with Tristan don’t last more than 10 or 15 minutes as that takes us away from him since only 2 people are allowed in at a time. Thanks again everyone for everything! We appreciate all you have done and continue to do!  ~Christy Molby