Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Surgery Details

Anxiety levels are bumping up tonight in anticipation of Graham's surgery scheduled for tomorrow at noon. However, confidence levels are equally high about a positive outcome.
The procedure will secure the omphalocele in Graham's abdomen. After the omphalocele is pressed into his abdominal cavity, the sac that has been containing his liver and some intestines will be removed and all will be sutured in place. There is a chance his abdominal cavity will not be large enough to easily contain this mass and a hernia may occur at the surgical site. This can be fixed at a future date.
He will be on a respirator for a while afterwards...hopefully not more than a few days. The omphalocele compresses the diaphram and lungs and will affect his ability to breathe. Graham cannot be fed until he is off the respirator.
He also has to pass (literally) a "poop" test before he can be fed. Of course, he will be getting nutrition intravenously.
Difficult days ahead. Knowing that so many people are holding us in their caring thoughts helps carry us through this worrisome time.

Graham with his favorite nurse, Susie.


  1. We will be thinking and praying for you guys tomorrow and more! Graham has proven to be a strong little boy and will get through this and be home with you guys before you know it.

    Amber Naughton

  2. Lots of prayers being said for you all! Will be thinking of you tomorrow and of your beautiful little boy! Best wishes being sent to you all!

    Take care,

  3. We'll be thinking of you and sending all of the postive, abdomen-expanding thoughts we can muster!

  4. Thinking and praying for you guys today!! Hope all goes well. And you can get that little one home soon. :)

    Foster Family