Monday, August 5, 2013


Hope the little guy likes Sia cause he's Ti ta ni um. Surgery was a success! At least the cardiologist and thoracic surgeon both said that it should definitely help Calder on his road to recovery, and Taryn and I have never heard a doctor in the NICU speak in absolute terms, and have definitely never had two doctors independently corroborate something. Relieving to say the least. In essence they made an incision in his back, spread his ribs, deflated a lung, moved it over and put a titanium clip on the duct between the aorta and his pulmonary artery...then pinched said clip until it was closed, but not all the way closed where it might cut the vessels.  Finally, they reversed everything and sealed the wound with superglue.  TA DA, one of the easiest heart surgeries in the book. Makes me glad I'm not a heart surgeon.

As new-age parents Taryn and I don't care if Calder's room is pink or blue or any of the other gender stereotypes.  That said, it's way cooler for your son to have a big scar than your daughter. I figure Calder should get some quality time out of showing this beaut off in the future.

The hardest part of the day was when Taryn spotted the surgeon walking down the hall and said oh no he's not smiling, something went wrong. It was a long minute (and a long hall and a slow surgeon) but all's well, heart surgeons just don't smile a my book they get a free pass.


  1. Hurray! Congrats! I love the song by the way...:) Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and some good oxygen flowin! :)

  2. So glad that surgery went well.

  3. How can a "Titanium" song make me cry???!!! Good tears, of course :)
    Happy "5 week" Birthday, Calder!!! Love You! Mom/Grandma Anderson

  4. This news makes my day! Sending hugs to you and the adorable little guy! :)

  5. So glad to hear it went well!