Ok, Ok, no need to call child services this is just an intense yawn-stretch combined with a kiss from mommy
All snuggled up
OK so we went to Cooks this morning to do the dye contrast test. YAY!!! No perforation this time! Such a relief. It is so strange to watch the dye travel up the intestines on the screen and we could definitely tell where everything is getting caught up in that little tummy of hers. There is a narrowing (stricture) but it isn't completely blocked. So when we left Cooks we were preparing ourselves for another surgery. Dr. Vaughn came by to talk with us about some options. There is the option of surgery, but it isn't urgent seeing as there is still a path for stool to move through. And basically it is really complicated.....disconnecting the small intestine from the colon and reattaching the colon on the side of the small intestine ..... then bringing the disconnected site of small intestine up out of the belly into a stoma .....whew! On to the easier and more pleasant route......... wait a few days without feedings to clear things out. Then start continuous feeds with a pump that steadily gives Caleigh milk over an hour's time. This will slowly trickle the milk into her belly instead of normal feeds that are all at once every three hours. So this is what Eric and I decided to do first and hopefully last :-) We are hoping that continuous feeds will gradually stretch the colon/large intestines and ease the pathway for milk. Caleigh will still eventually have to go to surgery again to fix her hernia, but for now we are taking it one day at a time. We wanted to give Caleigh every chance we could instead of jumping into surgery again.
Everyone keeps asking what I am doing for myself (besides sitting at the hospital) and so far it has been writing this blog. I know everyone enjoys the updates on our little princess, but this blog heals me as well. Writing about what is going on, good or bad, seems to relieve some sort of stress and it documents our lives from day to day. I may not remember what happened last week but I know that I wrote about it and can look back. I can't wait for Caleigh to get older and be able to read the story of her early arrival, and see all the people that love her, care about her and pray for her healing daily.
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