Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fontan Recovery - Looking Good

Zoe is settled in to her room in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.   As you can see, she is still resting, but looking good.

All of her numbers look very good, her post-op chest X-ray is perfect, and they are very pleased with how she is doing.  Her body and toes are very pink, which is a change from the purple lips, toes, and fingers that we've become accustomed to.  Her oxygen saturations are currently 94, which is a clear increase from the 88, give or take, which had become her recent baseline.  

While simultaneously performing Reiki on Zoe and speaking with the nurse supervisor, she stopped mid-sentence, and said, "are you doing Reiki?"  When we told her yes, her eyes lit up and she said, "good, that will really help, keep it going."  It was a pleasant surprise to receive that reaction and we will definitely keep the Reiki going and hope for a boost in recovery. 

With recovery from this surgery, however, things can change quickly.   The major factor in her recovery will be the drainage from her chest tube, which runs through both lungs.  If she continues to do well, they will try to get her to eat solid foods tomorrow and potentially start walking.

Thanks again for all the positive thoughts, energy, and prayers. We will continue to keep you updated on Zoe's progress. 


  1. Oh my gosh she looks wonderful! And I forgot that you do Reiki - that will be more than amazing for the drainage and healing!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to update and share your precious warrior with us! Makes it even easier to surround her with light when we have a visual. <3

  2. Prayers to you beautiful girl from Cash Dylan..

  3. Zoe looks great! You guys are amazing and such an inspiration. Trying to find someone to teach me Reiki right now in the hopes we have a fontan experience as positive as you guys have made happen!