Monday, September 07, 2009


We are home. Just barely, but we are home.

The stomach residuals are back.

Why this is happening is open to speculation. It may be the case that liquid isn't passing down from her stomach to her small bowel. Ot could also be the case that things are sloshing up from below. These are two crappy options and the cause has given us more than a little bit of anxiety over the past 24 hours.

Is it simply her gut taking an extrordinarily long time to wake up?

Is something still wrong anatomically that wasn't fixed in this past surgery? Is there a section of her bowel that is 'stupid' and screwing things up for the rest of her bowel? If it is anatomical, can this be 'fixed'?

Or is it one of those mysterious things that causes some short gut kids to simply stop eating altogether? we know some kids with short gut that fall into this category, an example of a case where knowing too much isn't always a good thing.

We are a long way from making any calls about the reason behind this slow recovery but we are learning that this recovery is taking a lot longer than it has in the past. We have been in touch with her surgeon this weekend and are already making plans for the next steps.

If only it could have been a simple fix...

So we are home. For how long is anyone's guess.

Just in case, we spent a glorious day today having home time with as much fun as we could squeeze in.


Sharron said...

Our thoughts are with you all.

Brenda (Nora's great-aunt) said...

Holding you all in our thoughts as you continue to deal with this challenging mystery.