After waiting around all day and being bumped in line, the surgical team came and performed their job. Laura and I waited in the family waiting room for the surgeon to contact us. Sure enough, everything went fine and Micah was stable.
Micah's now been successfully off ECMO for a few days and they are even beginning to wean his ventilator. The vent really helps keep his oxygen saturation levels high, but it also prevents us from holding him. Even though in some ways, we are back to where we were a couple weeks ago, we are so thankful to be off ECMO. There are so many risks involved. Micah had a couple of clot scares and the recent development of blood in his stools could be from the ECMO machine. We were talking to another couple at the CICU who said their baby, while on ECMO, was at a major risk of needing a foot amputated. For some reason, there was no blood circulating to their baby's foot. Thankfully, the doctors allowed a last ditch effort to get off the ECMO machine - which worked.
Our main concerns now are the blood in his stool. The concern is that he may have early symptoms of necrotizing entercolitis (NEC). Hopefully the antibiotics will work and it doesn't escalate.
Now that we're back on the vent, if everything goes well, we could be off the vent in about a week, be removed from the CICU and sent to their "step down unit" in the HKU (heart and kidney unit) in about 2 weeks and then sent home in about 3. Micah's finally able to move around and interact with us. It's very difficult to be a family divided like this. I can't wait for the 4 of us to be at home, for Dylan to see Micah again and for Micah to grow and be healthy.
Micah's already over a month old, but looks like he's still a newborn. Here's a photo of Dylan and Micah at the same age.
Thank you for the prayers and support. Laura and I are amazed by how large our prayer network is. The meal deliveries are wonderful as well.