However, the nurse said that overnight and then all through the day he was visibly more annoyed or discomforted than the prior 2 days since his stent was placed. Since he's a baby and can't communicate where he's experiencing pain or what is bothering him, the only solution to calm him down was sedation and pain medication. Sometimes we got him calmed without it, and sometimes he was too worked up to comfort.
On the good side of things, his blood samples are all still showing great numbers so he is still getting well oxygenated. One doctor was particularly excited that his BNP measurement (which is an indicator of stress on the walls of the heart) had come down from 580 when he arrived at UCSF to now a relatively normal 25. Roscoe's perfusion scan showed the blood distribution through his lungs at 60% (right) and 40% (left) which is completely normal. The doctor said that this indicates that the obstruction is effectively removed from his pulmonary veins. Prior to the stenting process the distribution was 70% (right) and 30% (left).
We took the following video during some of his calm awake time. His head was covered up with a sheet to reduce the amount of visual stimulation: