Well we are back in the hospital...taking residence here at Mary Bridge. Madi woke up yesterday morning at 2am and just didn't seem right. She was super clingy all day and by the afternoon she was starting to get a fever. I looked at her incision sight and the top was starting to get a little red and was oozing...yuck. I called the cardiologist and they prescribed an antibiotic in case there was an infection. A few hours later her fever spiked to about 103 and she was absolutely miserable. I couldn't set her down...she laid on me all afternoon and basically moaned and whined. We finally made the decision to take her to the ER. The ER was packed but she was top priority and we got right back. Her surgeon met us there and immediately knew she had an infection. The solution to the infection is not pleasant! He had to sedate her and literally cut open half of her incision, drained it, and packed it with gauze. I didn't watch but Dave said the hole is pretty big (he said you could fit a golf ball in there) and you can actually see her sternum...yuck! :0 Needless to say, Dave is gong to be the one responsible for changing the dressing. I don't think I can handle seeing my baby's chest opened up. The Dr said we will be surprised how well it will heal. He said we will probably need to pack it with gauze for about 2 weeks and then it will be small enough to just put a bandaid on it. The hole needs to heal from the inside out.
They also started her on IV antibiotics. She is currently on the strongest antibiotic there is and we are waiting for the culture to come back to see what type of infection it is. We do know it is a "staph" infection but they want to see what type so they can prescribe the best antibiotic for that specific type of infection. Despite this setback Madi is doing great. She continues to absolutely amaze us. She woke up from the sedation with her chest open and she was smiling and giggling at everyone (and it was 2am). She has been a happy baby all day and only cried a little bit when they changed the dressing this morning. It is such a relief to see her feeling better. I have never seen her so miserable as she was last night. Even though we are sick of being in the hospital, we know this is where she needs to be and seeing her feel so good has made it easy to be here. So, once again we are asking for prayers...prayers for quick healing! We truly appreciate all of the love, support and prayers we have received. We feel so blessed to have such amazing family and friends.