-I was stressed and grumpy.
-Oliver was calm and happy.
-The nursing staff were patient and organized.
-The procedure was delayed.
-The medical resident was clueless.
-The anesthesiologist was well-informed and personable.
I found out some new things:
-When you are holding your toddler and they get anesthetized, they go completely limp--no muscle tone at all.
-The anesthetic smells sharp and bitter.
-The anesthetic takes a few days to work out of your system.
-While the anesthetic is working its way out of your system, you smell sharp and bitter.
-The smell oozes out of your pores and is excreted in your urine.
-If you are still wearing diapers (like Oliver), the smell becomes overwhelming.
We got our results:
-The MRI showed much LESS narrowing and a much SMALLER pressure gradient across Oliver's pulmonary conduit than the echocardiogram.
-Our Cardiologist switched us back to having checkups every six months.
-Our Cardiologist predicted (with caveats) that Oliver would not need surgery for at least another year.
-Oliver will probably need to start having blood work done as the medication he takes can cause liver damage (there had to be a fly in the ointment somewhere).
We are all very relieved.
Oliver is blowing the whistle on his train.