Hello, it's Jason. Sorry about the delay everybody. As you may have realized, days involving any kind of procedure get pretty wild pretty quickly. Here are some pictures to give you a sense of the day's arc, from build-up to recuperation.
The calm before the storm. Otherwise known as "mama time":
The Continuing Saga of the IV: We may have mentioned before that Sam does not take poking well. Once they had the IV placed yesterday, they had to wrap it up to protect it from being "unintentionally removed." Here, I think he either looks like IronMan (check out his arm cannon) or maybe some sort of gangsta (just picture a cigar instead of a binky "Hey Spike, get this thing out of me or you'll be swimming with the fishes").
Consent: As this is a teaching hospital, we made sure to verify that the attending surgeon would actually be the one performing operation before we signed any forms. Call us paranoid, but when our cardiologists say this is the guy we want doing the cutting, we listen.
Surgery: It took a little longer than expected, not because of the surgery itself but, as I mentioned, it has proven very difficult to poke him effectively. Translation: it took a while to get an arterial line placed. As for the surgical component, the surgeon said, "He seemed to tolerate it pretty well." It's no "Rock solid," but I interpret that as surgeon-speak for "Everything went as well as we could ask."
Recovery: And finally, we are now in the CICU waiting for Samuel to recover enough from the anesthetic to effectively breathe on his own. Once he does, they'll extubate him, and we will likely be headed back up to the CPCU sometime tonight. Until then, thank you as always for your good thoughts and good wishes. Hopefully, the next time we post, the ol' Wolfman will be tube-free (except for the G-tube), and we'll be getting ready to go home! Until then, here's the poor little sedated guy. He says, "Every time I go to sleep, I wake up with another attachment! Stop it already!":