When Sam came out of surgery the two main concerns were: where did the vegetation go?! and why was the blood flow on the right side of his head less than half of what it was on the left? The original theory was that these two phenomena were related: possibly the vegetation had gone to an artery in his brain blocking blood flow. Very scary! Now--before you panic--that is no longer the theory.
Thanks to some sleuthing by my wife and me, the mystery of the weird blood flow was solved. The sensors measuring such information turned out to be faulty. So, when we asked to have new sensors around 11:30 last night, Sam seemed healed; all of a sudden the numbers looked like they were supposed to! Also, this morning, we were informed that our surgeon did indeed open up the heart-lung bypass machine to look at the filters after the surgery, and sure enough, they found some mucous-y, fibrinous stuff. There are no guarantees that this is the same vegetation that had been next to the tricuspid valve, but Occam's razor would suggest that it is.
As of yet, Sam has not shown any evidence of massive strokes; he is moving all four extremities and breathing well on his own. Plus the blood cultures and other tests for infections have so far turned up negative. So...we're hoping that we finally got that little good luck we needed. Of course, we'll immediately turn around and ask for more, but we are definitely more encouraged than we were yesterday afternoon. Guardedly so, perhaps, but optimistic.
Until tomorrow, more Sam photos!
A rather poignant picture of my wife with Sam the morning before his surgery. He tried to hide behind the book, but alas...he wasn't quick enough to avoid the clutches of the surgeons.
Just a few minutes ago...much more comfortable without a ventilator. Little Wolfman got extubated this morning.