Martin is super excited to be leaving the hospital soon!
Saying goodbye to the 4th floor of MUSC!
In the car ready to leave the hospital. Martin knows exactly what's going on. We haven't seen him this excited ever!
Hooray! We're being discharged today! We were told this morning by the doctor that Martin is looking very good and his last x-ray looked clear. We've been given the green light to start packing our bags! Needless to say, we are ecstatic! Dr. Kavarana told us yesterday that being discharged 6 days after surgery is indeed quick, but Martin has proven himself. They will be pulling out the IV line from his hand soon -- right before we leave. That's the one last thing we've been waiting for. After that, we're pretty sure Martin will be much happier and much more comfortable. He's been smiling a lot more for us the last day or so. But he still has trouble sleeping at nights. The doctors asked us to stay in Charleston one more night before heading back to Greenville just to be safe. Then, tomorrow, it's homeward bound!
Update 8/23/12: We made it safely back home to Greenville! We are HOME! We are so relieved. We are so thankful for the prayers of all of our family, friends, and church family. Martin is doing really well. He still seems to suffer from some pain from time to time. But he's on a regular regimen of pain medicine along with his other daily meds. We are told that severe headaches are common after this second surgery (blood flow has changed). Other than that, Martin is definitely happy to be home. He loves his siblings and we all love having him here. We will do our best to keep you all updated on Martin's progress. But as of now, we are happy to report that by God's grace Martin has made it through both scheduled open-heart surgeries. A third (and hopefully last) open-heart will be scheduled some time when he is 2-3 years old. Keep our little Martin in your prayers as he comes to mind. Thank you!
Psalm 34 -- "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. ... The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a BROKEN HEART."
Martin's Second Surgery PhotosMartin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.