Ethan is doing great. This is his first time in a bouncy seat! Soooo cute!
Here is a semi-technical explanation of Ethans latest events. . .
He had to get a chest tube on Sunday to drain the fluid that was building up in his chest. This is the second chest tube on that side. Only this time it drained out a milky yellow color. . . The lab tested it and it was 100% positive for lymphocytes. In other words he has a major lymph vessel that is carrying lymph fluid to his heart. Due to the repair/strange anatomy of his heart the lymph vessel cannot drain there and has to find a new route. Until it finds that new route into the heart the lymph backs up and is draining to his space around his right lung (pleural space). This is referred to as a chylous effusion. One of the attempts to minimize this build up is a super expensive formula we have to use for six weeks. . .Yea$$$.
For those of you who knew about my preganancy, Ethan had pleural effussions in utero. The doctors #1 theory is that they were chylous effusions. So this might be something that comes and goes for awhile. We are grateful all his little setbacks are just that, setbacks. His heart is doing wonderful. . . He just needs to get past all these little hiccups and then we can bring him home (until the next Surgery anyway).