Let us rejoice
And be glad in it!
Well, as predicted, Dr. S came in to observe while the echo crew was here to take today's pictures of his heart. (I stepped out because I couldn't handle another "turn off the faucet" moment!) And while his pressures and oxygen saturations did drop when they turned the support down to 20%, in general, he did pretty well. So he passed the test ... and they are taking him off ECMO this afternoon. He didn't make an A+, but he scraped by. This afternoon, we need to see A+ level work.
We are happy-scared. We've waited for this day for a week, and we are thrilled at this big step. At the same time, we're nervous that his heart still has a long way to go for complete healing. They have increased the medications that are supporting his heart (Better living through chemistry, right Dad?!) and we're hoping that those are going to continue to improve his heart.
So, this is The Day. The BIG day that we've been praying for. I know that it is a day that the Lord has made, and I'm trying very hard to rejoice in it and to let the rejoicing help me float on top of the fear instead of drowning it it. I'm constantly reminded that we have a ba-jillion prayers being said for us, and I can't help but be reassured by that. But if you want to lift up one more late this afternoon, make it a prayer for Jay's strong heart.