Sunday, March 20, 2011

Surgery Scheduled

Surgery has been scheduled. Until today, it looked as if surgery would not be until later in the week, but today a slot opened up and we are now scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Monday). This is a relief. Now that Surgery is inevitable, and Faith has been intubated once again, we don't want to wait any longer than we have to.

Faith will be having three procedures performed; a tracheostomy, gastronostomy, and a fundoplication.

-Tracheostomy (trache)- In this procedure a tube will placed below Faith's vocal cords that will allow free passage of air to her lungs.

-Gastronostomy (G-tube)- In this procedure a tube is placed as a direct feeding line to her stomach. Since Faith is incapable of protecting her airway while drinking we will feed her through this tube instead of a bottle to prevent fluid from going into her lungs.

-Fundoplication (Fundo)- It is not uncommon to perform this procedure with a gastrostomy. The tightening of the esophagus prevents reflux from occurring. Faith has pretty severe reflux and this will help her not to vomit.

While we would prefer that none of these procedures be performed on Faith. It has become apparent that she needs them for the time being. The good news is that the trache and g-tube are reversible. The doctors have told us that it is not unreasonable to think that Faith will eventually grow out of the issues. So we will continue to take it all day by day. Please pray that the procedures go well and we will let you know as soon as she is out.

After these procedures, if all goes well with recovery, we will be headed home within a couple of weeks. Yippee!!!

Thanks for your prayers.

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