Journey - "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'"
Want the good news first or the bad? We'll start with good. This morning, they decided to let Jay wake up just a little and see how he responded. The sedative that he's on takes only a few minutes to wear off, and within 15 minutes, he was squirming a bit and trying to blink. (He's got goo on his eyes to keep them from drying, so blinking was quite a challenge.) And the best moment I've had in the past 24 hours - he squeezed my hand. Oh, happy tears! Then he squeezed Derek's hand on command and I've never been so happy to see those little fingers wiggle. He eventually moved both hands and both feet and moved his lips a little. He definitely seemed uncomfortable, so they bumped the sedative back up and he's happily back in lala land.
And for the not-so-good news. Around 3 a.m., his heart rhythm (which had been beautiful all day yesterday) began to get really ugly. So, to give you a bit of background, his heart is beating in that it has electrical impulses of a normal functioning heart. It is not squeezing like a normal heart or pumping blood, however. He has no pulse because that's created by the squeezing action of the heart. That pumping is being done by ECMO, which runs a continuous flow rather than a pulsing flow like the heart. (Y'all keep in mind - I have readers at all ends of the medical expertise spectrum. I'm simplifying here, so heart families/veterinarians/medical professionals please overlook the mild inaccuracies!)
During the night, the electrical impulses - the beat of his heart - got all out of control and his heart rate went sky high. While this would have been life threatening if he weren't on ECMO, his big ol' external heart and lungs did the job they are designed to do. Everything else stayed within acceptable levels, so that's good news within the bad. It stayed like that for several hours until Derek came in this morning. Apparently, he just needed his daddy. Well, that and the threat of using his pacing wires seemed to scare his heart back to rhythm. While his heart rhythm is NOT normal yet, it's significantly better. We're going to pray that it continues to recover and that his tired little ventricle continues to get the rest it needs.
Thanks again for your prayers and positive vibes. Let's hope that Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Little Jay-man.