We handed off our baby at 7:30am this morning. It is now 11:30am. The nurse just came in to tell us that Dr. Cleveland has "just started" on the repair. She said that all this time they've been getting her lines in. After they put her under general anesthesia, they had to get her IV lines in, a central line, "Art" line, etc.. Then they cut her open, suction the blood, clean her up, cut some more, remove scar tissue, cut some more, suction some more, remove/cut the wires holding her sternum shut, suction some more, cut open her sternum (again) etc... to get to her tiny little heart.
Now after all that, they finally put her on the heart/lung bypass machine, which is why the nurse came in to update us. So, now the actual repair (or attempted repair) begins. It will be at least 5-6 from now. I have to admit I'm a little disappointed/surprised/sad/worried because I thought the surgery was flowing along so smoothly until now. I thought Dr. Cleveland was already in there, but it turns out the surgical team was just doing their part to get to her heart and getting all her IV lines in (not just the anesthesia/external IV lines). The nurse said its gonna take a long time. We of course got teary eyed because it's still hard to believe what my little girl is having to put up with today.
Will post again when they come to update me again. Thanks.