For those of you who do not know, David woke up from the anesthia with some slight brain damage today. When he first woke up in the early hours of the morning he could not speak and had no function on the right side of his body. As the morning wore on he did regain SOME function of his right side and he did get his speech back, but it is VERY slurred and hard to understand. He also has some efacia (the droopy mouth and face look that stroke victims have). His muscles in his throat aren't working as well so he doesn't have the capability to swallow or a gag reflex. He has been very low all day and very discouraged, the pain is unbearable from the surgery. One thing that is a blessing is he has total brain function as far as understanding, forming thoughts and memory. It was an incredibly hard day for us all, he just looks really bad and his spirits aren't that great.
I have to say as we were leaving him today his right side was for sure stronger then he had this morning. The morphine that he is on is making him really out of it and he has a hard time getting words out because of that and the damage from the surgery. The doctors really believe that the effects will ease in time, but it will be awhile. They do not think it will be permanent, we are praying for that. This is not very common after this type of surgery, and it took all of the doctors by surprise. It could have happened for different reasons, some being that he did go into arrest for a small period of time, he could of had a blood clot that went to the brain, or a air pocket during surgery that floated to the brain.
Some of you have read on the pump website that it is possible for the heart to repair itself while on the pump, while this is true the doctors do not think that David has a chance with that because his heart is so damaged.
More tomorrow...... we are all very tired and we are just praying for patience and peace right now, but most of all for comfort for our boy. He was highly emotional today and just very upset in general.