Praising God today that after a delayed echo and having to wait many hours for the results, Grace's cardiologist said that he was very pleased with her echo! Overall her heart looks the same as it did immediately after surgery, which is a good thing. The biggest praise is that he said the left valve they built and left ventricle are already doing their job well! They haven't grown any yet, because it is too soon, but we are beyond grateful for the encouraging news! He did say that there was some stenosis in the mitral valve, but that's to be expected and should hopefully get better as that valve grows (Lord willing of course :-). They are talking about a mid week-ish discharge, so David and Grace may be able to come home by the end of the week! The bench marks that they are looking for are for Grace to show them that she can eat well (David just said she finished her whole bottle) and gain weight before they will let her break out of there :-).
Despite Grace's best effort to get rid of the NG tube yesterday, they had to put it back in today for her echo. Hopefully they will take it out first thing tomorrow, or I'm sure Grace will do it for them if they take too long :-).
Grace's Nurse Practitioner did remind David that for her next surgery it will be a much longer stay. It can be overwhelming to think that we have to go through all of this again in 6-12 months, but we are SUPER DUPER grateful for the work that they are doing at Boston Children's Hospital (that a bi-ventricular repair is even a possibility) and this has been a good trial run for the next bigger surgery and longer recovery time (closer to 8+ weeks, especially since Grace doesn't always read the text book on how you are suppose to respond after surgery :-). Oh! By the end of Spring, they should have a big construction project done, so possibly no more shared rooms!!! In His strength we can do it and find joy along the way!
We can't thank y'all enough for covering Grace in prayer today! You are the best "village" ever!