Just talked with the cardiologist. We went over the cath results again - the high pressures in the lungs and pulmonary arteries and the overcirculation of blood. She is in a higher rate of heart failure than she should be. Her hypertension is reactive which means it responded to oxygen and nitrix oxide. (I'm sure I spelled that wrong)
So, surgery next week (assuming that she's healthy). With the cath, there is increased fluids and pressure, so they want that to settle down. They also want her to get off the ventilator if possible. (me too!) They want her as healthy and strong as possible before surgery. The cardiologist is going to sit down with the surgeons and scheduling tomorrow. And we'll see when. Not Monday - it's Asia's birthday (and President's Day), but some other day next week. I asked and she confirmed that the recovery will not be 5-7 days. It will probably be longer. Her first day or two will really let us know what to expect.
Long term, since hers is a reactive pulmonary hypertension coupled with lung disease from the ventilators, her lungs should improve over time. We will still have to be cautious about viruses, particularly RSV. I am concerned about the school environment, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I want her to go to school if at all possible.