Roscoe's surgery has been scheduled for Thursday. As long as his daily blood samples keep showing up infection-free, his open heart surgery will be Thursday morning. He will leave his room around 7am, but the actual surgery probably won't start until around 9am (and it will last quite a while).
Yesterday he had a rough morning. Overnight he slept through the night like the "old" Roscoe, but in the morning he was irritable any time he was awake. We rocked him to sleep for a few hours, but then he woke up in a fury once again. A few days prior, one of the nurses noticed that Roscoe had started sprouting a tooth (a puffy area on his gums):
Alisha suggested that perhaps Roscoe was irritated by the tooth coming in, so a nurse suggested that we dip his pacifier in ice to soothe his gums. The trick worked and Roscoe stopped crying, perked up, then started to rest. For the remainder of the day we focused on soothing his tooth and things went much more smoothly. He closed the day with his oxygen at 65% and nitric oxide at 10ppm.
NOTE: This will be the only update today. We posted lots of stuff the past few days in anticipation of surgery, so we exhausted our backlog. Hopefully we'll have more to share tomorrow.