Yesterday, Max walked into hospital strong and confident. He asked us all not to cry until after he went in to the OR. Easier said than done. His biggest concern was that we watch out for Els, look out for Els, take care of Els….
Dr. Starnes was able to place a large size (25)in Max that should last him several years. His current valve was a 16 so there is a big difference! Because of Max’s history with Endocarditis- a bacterial blood infection – he will remain in the hospital until at least Sunday for a course of IV antibiotics. The valve is from Edwards LifeScience (ELS) whom we have grown to love over the last 7 years. Now Max has an ELS valve – little brother ELS likes this.
In true Might Max effort, just 5 hrs after surgery he asked to stand and sit up. Which he did for almost an hour. The pain is excruciating with chest tubes still in, but he knows short term pain long term gain. In order to get the tubes out, this is the process.
Today’s goals are walking, using a breathing device to open up lungs, eating, and possibly remove chest tubes.
Please keep covering him in prayer. When he woke up and saw me he asked me to pray the part about putting on God’s armor. And pray for the chest tube removal. By far the most painful part of this whole thing.