Monday, August 4, 2008

Kate's surgery on Wednesday???

Yet another rocky weekend for our sweet little angel, Kate. Kate continues to have respiratory problems which are still considered somewhat normal for a preemie born at 26 weeks, 6 days at 1 lb. 4 oz. Kate was moved from a conventional ventilator to an oscillating ventilator this past weekend. Her lung on one side collapsed slightly so the oscillating ventilator is used to provide continuous pressure to the lungs to keep them wide open. This helps Kate to stabilize so that she doesn't have to work so hard to breathe and also helps her to blow off her carbon dioxide efficiently. However, at the same time, the oscillator is considered a step backward as it is providing even more support to her already fragile lungs. Her blood gas readings were also low over the past few days so as I said, not the greatest weekend for our little one. Her blood gas readings were better today and when I went to visit, the neonatology attending physician and fellow informed me that they spoke with the surgeon this morning about Kate. He has decided that if they can wean Kate off of the oscillator and stabilize her for at least 24 hours on the conventional ventilator with good blood gas readings, then he will perform the surgery to repair her omphalomesenteric duct remnant on Wednesday. As I've said so many times before, I so badly want them to be able to do the surgery so that Kate can get on the path to good health and start receiving enteral feeds of breast milk yet at the same time, the thoughts of surgery are so scary to me. I know that Kate is in God's hands though so I ask that you join us in prayer that Kate would have her surgery on Wednesday and that they would be able to succesfully repair her duct remnant easily and with as little reconstruction as possible.

We'll keep you updated on the status of the possible surgery...

3 comments:

Renata said...

I've been following your story since your bubs were born. Just want you to know I'm praying for them & now especially for little Kate.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for all of you.....especially now for little Kate
Rita

Paul and Kathy Stanis said...

Dear John and Carrie,

We lift you up in prayer and ask our heavenly Father to send His holy angels to guard and protect you and your children, especially Kate as she faces surgery at such a young age. We ask that the Great Physician guide the hands of the surgeons who will perform Kate's operation. We ask the Holy Spirit to cover you with the "peace that passes all understanding". Stay strong in your faith and remember that "in all your ways acknoweldge Him and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:6

You are in God's loving care.

Love,
Paul and Kathy Stanis