Everything looked great this morning at the appointment with the cardiologist. Douglas maintained 100% oxygen saturation levels on his own, so the supplemental oxygen is gone! We get to get rid of a loud, large, hot machine that is the source for plastic tubing that trips us up and entertains the cats. Also, Douglas’s incision scar looks really healthy, so we don’t need to wash it with betadyne twice a day and cover it with gauze and irritate Douglas’s skin with tape anymore.
So, less than three weeks after major open-heart surgery, Douglas has no tubes, lines, gauze, or tape. The only thing different between caring for him and caring for a typical baby is that he has to have some medicine twice a day, but even that isn’t a problem because it’s sweet and he likes the taste.