As a result, today is becoming a day of rest, appropriately enough. We had a visit from two members of the Seattle 3rd Ward who were kind enough to administer the Sacrament (similar to receiving the Eucharist or Communion) as well as help me give Eddie another blessing. Sarah left this morning to attend church meetings in Redmond and spend some time with the kids.
Key decisions now if Eddie does well on reduced flows are:
- Do we take Eddie off ECMO tomorrow?
- If yes, do we still put him on a VAD (Berlin Heart) or leave him on his own?
- If no, how long do we wait before putting him on VAD?
- If we move to a VAD, do we make changes to the donor criteria to make the process more selective again? In other words, since the VAD is viable over a longer term, do we make a play for a higher-quality heart or do we still believe time is of the essence and take whatever we can get?