Here's a photo of Mark with Micah before we handed him over.
Here's what he looks like now.
And here's a photo of Micah's nurse for 12 hours today. His name is Jeff and he's worked in the PICU for 24 years. He tells little kids that this is Santa Claus' job during the off-season and they totally buy it.
7-10 days has become more like 12-14 days. It appears he will likely be in the PICU through the weekend. I just spoke with the attending and she doesn't think they'll close his chest until at least tomorrow. After that, it will be a couple of days before they take him off the ventilator, and a few days after that before they'll move him to a room.
We got into the PICU around 11:00 last night. We thought we would just stop in, see him in his new location, and head to the House. But there was no way we could leave with lots of doctors in his room trying to figure out how to best control his heart rate, which was 188 bpm at the time.
He is doing better this morning. They've gotten his heart rate down so they are able to control his heart with a pacemaker. He has five drainage tubes from his chest and lots of leads for the pacemaker, etc. He has been on a cooling blanket to help keep his heart rate down. I hate holding his hand and having it be so cold.
I just want to smooch his face and snuggle him. As you can see by this photo, I can't do that right now.
There's a couple who spent a good part of yesterday afternoon in the surgical waiting room with us. They're from Wausau and their pastor came in last evening and stayed the night at a local hotel to be with them. This couple is staying at the RMH as well and ironically are in the room next door to us and their little girl is in the PICU room next to Micah's. Anyway, their pastor came in and prayed with us for Micah this morning. He's a super great guy. He shared from Philippians 4. I referenced the same passage back in November.
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