Just a quick update from Kristin:
Jason and I listened in on the doctors' rounds today, and we learned that Sam has a little fluid around his lungs; it's called a pleural effusion (not sure if I spelled that correctly), and it's a common issue after heart surgery. They can drain it, but they'll have to put a chest tube back in, and they'll have to hold off on the extubation until tomorrow.
The good news is that Sam is still far ahead of the curve; he's only three days post-op, and most Norwood babies are intubated for five to seven days, and sometimes longer. In the words of our doctor, he is still "fabuloso."
Also, he's a bit feistier today than he has been for the last few days. As my friend Anne was talking to him this morning and calling him "a fighter," he kept pumping his little fists. He actually made the "A-okay" sign with his fingers. Keep it up, little guy.
As for me, I went outside for the first time in a week to take a short walk around the hospital. I breathed non-hospital air and felt the sun on my face. In a word, it was fabuloso.