We spoke with Dr. Radbill (Max's electrophysiologist) this morning, and it looks like Max is going to be getting a pacemaker today. The main deciding factor for going ahead with the pacemaker is the width of the qrs wave. The qrs wave measures the time it takes for the heart rate to flow from the atria (upper chamber) to the ventricle (lower chamber), and in Max's case, it takes too long.
Dr. Mettler will be performing the heart surgery. He came by this morning and did a really great job of walking us through the various risks of surgery. Surgery should take about an hour and Max should be heading home with us by Wednesday, assuming all goes well. The incision should be around an inch long in the middle of his chest and they will place the generator under the abdomen and stitch a lead to his ventricle. This is a very small pacemaker and Max will eventually grow out of it, but this one should last a few years. In all likelihood, Max will need a pacemaker for the rest of his life, but he will also be able to lead a very normal life.
As you can imagine, the thought of someone performing heart surgery on our 6 day old baby is a bit unnerving, but we feel so much better after speaking with Dr. Radbill and Dr. Mettler. We couldn't ask for better doctors to be working on Max.
We aren't exactly sure what time Max will have surgery. We have been told to expect sometime this afternoon, but please continue to pray for Max as well as the doctors and various staff members that continue to care for him. And again, thank you all so much for your continued support and prayers.
And now for the good stuff....
Max's door sign.
Gangsta paci pose.
Cute kid, huh?
PJ came to see Max.
Uncle Eric feeding Max.
Momma feeding Max.
Changing my first dirty diaper.
Anne, Jess and Meg checking out Max....holla ladies.
Amy cuddling Max.
Max and I getting ready for our nap.
Meeting with Dr. Radbill this morning.
Dr. Mettler walking us through the surgery.
Already working on his golf grip.