Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Surgery Scheduled for Wednesday Morning

Our tough little nut is sure being put to the test. We found out this evening that Jordan will require another surgery tomorrow. Dr. Hendrick explained to us that Jordan has a large clot that has developed in the left chest cavity. They believe this may be the reason he is not clotting in other areas and is consuming so many blood products. Every time they feel like they're catching up, they fall behind again.

Tomorrow morning, they will make an incision in Jordan's left chest cavity and attempt to flush the clot. They will reevaluate based on tomorrow morning's numbers, but he is almost certain to have this surgery. They decreased the amount of heparin he's receiving, which is an anticoagulant. Heparin doesn't actually thin our blood, but makes it harder for our blood to clot. Jordan's blood clotting test showed that the main reason he's not clotting is because he's receiving heparin - not because he's missing anything else.

Basically, the goal for Jordan is to now come off ECMO. They believe that this clot may be backing them into a corner. They can't keep up with his blood and they can't get him off ECMO. Jordan hasn't given up yet and there's no reason for him to do so tomorrow. We are hoping and praying they can find this clot, remove it and stop the bleeding.

Grandma and Grandpa made it here safely this afternoon.

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