>> Friday, June 19, 2009
I am so happy to be able to report that Kamryn is out of surgery and she sailed through the procedure. She actually didn't go into surgery until around 7:00 tonight so it has been a very long day. The doctor said they didn't have a single complication or issue and he wished all surgeries went that smooth. It seemed like the longest hour and a half of our life, but we couldn't be happier having that procedure past us.
For those of you who want to know the details, here is what we found out. There was actually none of the liver up. As expected, the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and some of the intestines were up in the chest. The actual hole in the diaphragm was somewhat significant and they did have to repair it with a patch. There just wasn't enough muscle to stretch across. The good news is the hole was no where near her lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The surgeon was able to see muscle completely surrounding it. This is significant because this sphincter muscle works like a one way valve to control reflux. If the hole would have been around the LES, there is a greater chance of having future reflux issues. She could still have issues with reflux in the future, but this hopefully will minimize that chance. The anesthesiologist remarked a couple of times that Kamryn tolerated the surgery very well and they hardly had to do anything with the ventilator.
Kamryn is back in the NICU and starting her second honeymoon period. There is no telling where she will go over the next 24 hours and there is a chance that the trend could go down from here. Her initial blood test didn't come back good on her stats so they are adjusting settings to try and get things worked out. I'm heading back down to check on her. I think we will get a better picture in the morning of how well she tolerated the surgery.
Brooke continues to do great and has graduated to a new room in the NICU with less supervision. My guess is that she will get out on Sunday (we hope). Stef is doing much better, but she is exhausted and about ready for bed. I'm off to the NICU to check on the girls.
Thanks for all the prayers and support as they continue to help so much!