Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cath Update

I was able to go back and see Teagan around 11:30 this morning in the recovery room. Dr. Jones talked to us and said everything went well and that there was a definite narrowing right where the superior vena cava (svc) was connected to the pulmonary. There was no evidence of any clotting, just some scar tissue that had already started to form and close off the opening. He explained it sort of like squeezing a drain shut- the blood was flowing up to her head and then when it went to 'drain' down into her pulmonary, the opening was too small to accomodate the flow. Here are a few pictures from her cath:


The picture above is what they saw when they went in.
Here above is an explanation of what you're looking at. The blue arrows are pointing to the area where she had the blockage. The opening should be much bigger here to allow for better blood flow. You can also see the small tube of the catheter at the top left, and her feeding tube that curves down through the whole pic. I also pointed out a small narrowing she has on the right side of her pulmonary where her Sano shunt was taken down during her Glenn.

Here's a pic of the mesh shunt that was placed at the site of her narrowing. You can see that they were able to double the size of her svc opening. Also if you look to the right where she had some other narrowing from the shunt takedown, it has popped back open due to the increased flow! Its so amazing what they are able to do with the catheters instead of having to open her back up again. Here's a pic of our sleeping beauty this afternoon. Teagan's swelling is slowly starting to go down but she is still really puffy in her face and completely exhausted. They're giving her iv fluids for now until she feels like eating.

9 comments:

babydrew said...

We are sorry to hear that you had to come back to the hospital. Hopefully you are all fixed up and can go home soon. We are praying for you.

God Bless,

Taw and Stacey

Mom said...

Big hugs and kisses from the homefront. Gavin had lots of fun today with loving family around. We will be so happy when you are back home again! Hope you can get some good rest and Teagan can be back to her beautiful sweet self again soon! Take care and feel the love and prayers we're sending! Love you, Mom

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Suz and Trent. We love you guys. We love you Gav!!! WE LOVE YOU TEAGAN! God bless and thanks for keeping us to the minute to keep her in our prayers. LOVE YOU MUCH!!!!!!
-Chris, Danny, Alyssa and Dylan

Katie said...

Poor baby girl. She's really been through a lot these past couple of weeks. With the problem fixed, she's going to feel so much better now. Can't wait for tomorrow...if you're still there! Call me if you need anything!
Love,
Katie

Anonymous said...

Lord, please watch over sweet Teagan and give her the comfort and strength she needs to heal. Offer mommy and daddy the same comfort to help them get through this. In your name, amen!
We're thinking of you all and keep you in our prayers constantly! Hope you're out of there and safely home soon.
~ Ryan and Gretchen Payne

Anonymous said...

WOW......what incredible pictures and what a miracle of medicine. Now we await the healing miracle of God! All of church asked about Teagan and you this morning and continues to lift her up individually and as a whole church family!

Love and hugs to all of you,
Nana Barb

Anonymous said...

Trent and Susie,
We spent the weekend loving and enjoying our little Sweet Gavin! He is such a treasure and we had so much fun playing with him. His energy and laughter is so infectious!
You have all been on our minds and in our prayers and I know that God is listening and will bring you home soon. Hugs and much love!
mum and dad

Mimi said...

oh Susie... NOOOO! I am so sad you had to come back!!

Teagie is such a little sweetheart. Both she and Mia prefer helicopter rides it sounds like. They only like to show up to the hospital in style.

I will be back soon so we can kick it. How long are they thinking you will have to stay?

Mimi said...

oh Susie... NOOOO! I am so sad you had to come back!!

Teagie is such a little sweetheart. Both she and Mia prefer helicopter rides it sounds like. They only like to show up to the hospital in style.

I will be back soon so we can kick it. How long are they thinking you will have to stay?