Dec 03, 2009 - 11:00 am
Hi everyone. Sorry I have not been back for a while again. Time just seems to slip by so fast anymore.
First, I am so sorry to hear about Kitten. What a lovely person, but a very special angel. An example we should all learn from.
Second, John had his surgery yesterday. John’s surgery was yesterday, and the actual surgery was 11 ½ hours long. The great news is that they were able to use his stomach. Unfortunately, since so many years have gone by since his stomach stapling, a lot of adhesions had built up. They caused a ‘webbing’ around the stomach and had attached the stomach and areas of the colon together. They had to cut away all those adhesions. In doing that, they put a small nick in the upper colon, underneath the stomach. The surgeon did not want to just repair it, so he had a GI surgeon come in and remove the small portion of the colon that had the nick and resection it. The ‘pull up’ of his stomach went fine. Then, they knew he had a hiatal hernia. When they checked out his diaphragm to repair this, they discovered, as the surgeon said to me, that his diaphragm looked like Swiss cheese with all the smaller hernias. They repaired all of this with mesh. All the side stuff is what caused the surgery to go into overtime.
I finally saw him when he was placed in ICU at 10 PM last night. He was talking and his color was good. He complained that his neck really hurt. The nurse said it was from the position he was in for so many hours. I thought, geez, wait until you feel the pain from the incisions!! But he has an epidural for pain and also a pump to give him a boost of pain medication.
I just heard from the ICU nurse. This is amazing. 12 hours after that long surgery and he not only was sitting in a chair, but he took a short walk. Oh, the power of prayer!!