Thursday, January 7, 2010

1.7.10 - Tube decisions...

I am sitting here with Liam tonight feeding him thinking how nice it will be to have that tube off of his face.  And of course for him to have that freedom of not being uncomfortable and having to sport little mittens on his hands 24/7. We met with the GI surgeon today to discuss the surgery invloved for getting a G-Tube.  Basically it is a pretty simple and quick surgery lasting about 30 minutes that involves putting a button-like valve directly into the stomach using what is called a MIC-Key G-Tube (they call it a "Mickey button"...I thought maybe Disney had gone into medical devices until I learned the actual spelling of the term!)...Ok, I just tried to look up a picture to have a link to and couldn't find a good one of what they look like, but basically the MIC-Key looks like a plug on a beach ball.  We can still use the same pump and everything too.  Liam will be hospitalized for about 2 days following surgery and most likely will not have to stay in the ICU unless he has complications.  All I have to do is call the surgeon's office tomorrow to schedule it and we are on our way.

The Upper Gi he had done on Wednesday went well too.  They said his stomach and intestines looked normal and were functioning correctly.  YAY!...but I had a feeling since Liam is continuing to gain weight really well and is already past 13 lbs!  He is even, should I say, getting that baby pudginess in places?....Especially his little cheeks!

I can't say I am really worried or nervous about his tube surgery, however, this will be the first time we go back to the hospital to stay for a few days.  There is always risk of infection and complications, so it will still be stressful nonetheless.  However, I was visiting with my sister in law tonight and I was telling her that I am thankful Liam is not to the awareness stage yet, still young and doesn't know what is going on.  The surgery that I think will be the hardest is the one, (besides his next heart surgery which will be in about 3-5 mos) after this one, when he outgrows his first valve at about 4-5 years old.  I don't even want to think about how hard that will be to explain to him what he will have to go through and see his little face respond to what is happening....Thankfully the Lord has a few years to work on my courage and strength for that one!

  "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."    Psalm 139:9-10

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