We knew Athan had a bit of a cough. We were talking with the RN at the cardiology office, and she said without seeing you, we just can't say for sure. So we took Athan on to Cook's for pre-op, knowing we might not be having surgery.
Athan did a great job during the appointment. The only things that really upset him were the things I didn't prepare him for (because I didn't know they were coming). We were really SO proud of him, and next time we can even prepare better now that we know what's coming.
So the chief concern and reason for postponing the surgery was that Athan has some congestion in his lungs, and maybe some wheezing along with it. He doesn't seem to even feel bad (no behavior changes, no loss of appetite, etc), and he does not have a fever. However, during such a long surgery, he would have to be on a ventilator for a long time. Post-op, one of the important tasks of recovery is to be able to clear the lungs well. Going into surgery with any respiratory challenges could prolong recovery, and increase the risk of infection or other complication. The last thing anyone needs after open-heart surgery is increased risk!
So, we postponed. It is, obviously, the best plan for Athan. The logistics of rearranging our schedules and such are a pain, but well worth it to make sure Athan is as well as possible before the procedure.
For all who have brought gifts and notes and care packages for Athan, we thank you. I've set it all aside in a special place, and we'll pull them all out for him again in a few weeks. Our whole family remains very thankful for all the ways you've cared for us.