Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thanks be to God for a successful surgery today!

After 6 weeks of anticipation, apprehension and uncertainty, we are thrilled to report that Kate's surgery went extremely well today. When we got to the hospital we were concerned to see that Kate was still on the oscillating ventilator. We thought for sure that this was sign that the surgery would be delayed again - how can you do surgery on a 3 lb. baby while she is being gently shaken by a machine? We talked to Brad, the surgeon, however who said that although it's not optimal, he could do the surgery on the oscillator. This totally blows my mind! Brad has been absolutely amazing and his incredible surgical skills on babies this small and his ability to communicate with nervous parents such as ourselves are truly gifts from God. Kate appears to really like the gentle vibration the oscillator provides as it assists her in the breathing process so Brad felt that keeping her on it would be best for the surgery. He also decided that instead disrupting Kate and moving her from her isolette into the operating room, he would do the surgery bedside in the NICU. For those of you who have never seen the Childrens Hospital NICU before, it is typically a place of a million beeping machines with cords stretching everywhere in the midst of sheer organized chaos. To top it all off, it's a wide open air room so when a bedside surgery is performed, they have to clear all visitors and unecessary personnel out prior to getting started. This also totally blows my mind that they can do these complicated procedures right there while Kate is still in her bed! We spent most of the day just sitting next to Kate just waiting for Brad to say that we were next in line. He finally came over around 4:00 and said that we were next in line and told the nurses to get everything ready. I started to cry just thinking about what my little girl was about to go through. I was so scared as all of the "what if's" raced through my head. John and I talked with Brad who reassured us that he would take excellent care of our little girl and treat her as though she were his own. That meant so much to me as there are so many doctors today who forget to be human in the process of being a medical professional. John and I waited about an hour and a half and then Brad came into the waiting room to report the good news. There were a few possible outcomes from the surgery. The options, based on what they found once they opened Kate up, ranged from just simply snipping the remnant, putting a few stitches in the intestines and sewing her back up to snipping the remnant, bringing both sections of the intestine up to the surface of her skin in the abdominal area (this is called and ostoma) and having the ostoma drain into a bag for a few months until she is old enough and big enough to have a second surgery to reconnect the intestines. Brad initially told us that there wasn't a great chance of just snipping the remnant, doing the repair and sewing her back up yet this is exactly what happened. Brad actually took pictures on his PDA of Kate's intestines which he examined while doing the surgery. The pictures were absolutely amazing and he said he would email them to us at home to get a better look. He found no perforations or other areas of concern in the intestines which was also fantastic news. At the end of the day, we got to go back into the NICU and see our little miracle. She was still sedated from the anesthesia although she was slowly starting to come out of it and she looked absolutely beautiful. They took a blood gas reading just after we came back and they said that her readings were actually some of the best they had ever gotten from her. They will continue watching Kate very closely over the next few days to make sure they she does not get an infection at the suture site in her intestines or that there is no leakage from the suture site. If all goes well, they hope to begin starting Kate on very small feeds of breastmilk in about a week. Overall, not a bad day for Miss Kate to say the least. Here is a picture of Kate taken yesterday one day before her surgery (quite a chunky little monkey huh?)





We give thanks and praise this night to our Heavenly Father for using Brad, Kate's nurse Breanne, and the rest of the medical team as his instruments of healing. God has truly blessed our family and we ask you to join us in continuing to pray for Kate's recovery and progress as she moves forward towards starting regular feeds of breastmilk.

Just a brief update on the other 3 quad babies over at AGH, all is going well with them. All 3 continue to grow steadily and increase their feeds. Within the next few weeks they may attempt bottle feedings as another big step toward their homecoming. We have found through all this that no news from the NICU is definitely good news and lately, it has been pleasantly quiet over at AGH!

Just a random great picture of Luke and his good buddy Sampson:



Good night for now.

9 comments:

Cair said...

I'm so happy for you that Kate had such a successful surgery today. She's on the right road now!

Congratulations!

Linda Frances said...

I am so Happy to see this posting- Suzanne S. and I were just talking today about how much we have been praying for Kate and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thanking God for the successful surgery on Kate and we hopoe and pray that each day she keeps improving.. We still keep all of them in our prayers but a special thank-you to God for Kate.god bless all of you
rita

Jessica said...

Just catching up on some of your blogs! I love the picture of you Carrie, with the two babies! You look so good. I am proud of you for how strong you are and how much grace you have shown through all of this. I think of you all daily!

Suzanne said...

oh praise God!!! sweet little kate---nothing but good things from here on out! she is beautiful, btw! thanks so much for the updates! you guys hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Halleluiah!!!
So wonderful to hear your fantastic news about Kate's best-case-scenario surgery, and hopefully, this represents a new phase for Kate of only good things for her and her road back to her brother and sisters at AGH, and better yet, HOME with her family...
Glad to hear that your 3 other little dumplins are doing so well too...
You ALL remain in our thoughts and prayers daily.
~Gina

Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord! So overjoyed to see how remarkable your littlest angel continues to be - SO strong and I cannot get over how gorgeous she is - she is absolutely perfect. Your blessings are abundant! Hang in there and get lots of rest - looks like you're going to have a real houseful soon : ) We're praying for the day you all get to be together.
Tracy

Trudy said...

I've been following her progress and will continue to pray for mighty Kate. My 8 yr. old is praying too. You have a beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

God is so good! (The power of prayer is strong and effective.) So glad to hear this update on Kate. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.