Thanks to God and a wonderful team at Children's Hospital for working one of the many miracles in Ramsey's care. We just spoke to Dr. Gaines and her team....they were excited at how well Ramsey did and were happy to deliver good news. They put all of his organs where they belong and used a Goretex patch to close the diaphragm; it sounds like it was about 1-2 inches in size. They used another patch over the incision to prevent any stress on that area. It's possible that the area will pull or stretch and they will have to fix it, but that sounds like a minor problem in comparison to this hurdle.
Ramsey is on the same level of support that he was pre-surgery. We will be taking baby steps to wean him of that support and the days ahead will be much like the previous days. We may take two steps forward and one step back, but I am encouraged and optimistic that he will recover.
After he is weaned of some of this support, they will put a feeding tube in to start proper feedings. He pooped for the first time today and once again during surgery! A common problem with CDH babies are feeding issues. Feeding is a learned behavior and we hope he handles it well. Another issue is reflux. If that is a problem, they can do another surgery to handle it.
Thanks also to all of the wonderful nurses here at Children's. They have taken great care of Ramsey, and of us. They know when to make us laugh and when to comfort us, and now, they are celebrating with us.
Finally, thanks to each of you for following the blog or Facebook page....for your prayers and encouraging comments. It's wonderful to see how supportive friends, family and even strangers can be.
We know there may be challenges but today, we believe we've surpassed the biggest one.