Well, Noah finally had his surgery tonight. I guess Noah will be a baseball pitcher because he has a mean curveball. The surgeon said they went in to check for obstruction but Noah threw them a nasty curveball. Instead of an obstruction, he has necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This basically means that a he had an infection that killed part of his small intestine. They had to remove 17cm of small intestine closest to his stomach, which is where a lot of nutrient absorption takes place. There are a few other areas that are borderline so they are going to start him on heavy IV antibiotics and then go back in tomorrow around noon. They hope that these other areas show improvement so they don't have to remove those as well. Either way, he will come out of surgery tomorrow with an ostomy, where they bring the end of the intestine to the skin surface for drainage - like a colostomy bag; he may have 2 of these. This will stay in place for 2-3 months until Noah is a little bigger and then they can close that up. The surgeon said this is serious and that his prognosis is fair. Even during this storm, we have to remember to praise God that this was found early, otherwise the prognosis would be much different. Also, Noah is otherwise healthy and has some of the best medical care in the country.
Mari is "in a fog" right now and quite upset about the news. She is holding up as well as can be expected.
We know there are a lot of people out there praying for these little ones, so please keep them coming. We really love to read the comments so keep those coming as well. It is a huge blessing to know there are so many people out there praying for us. We love each and every one of you!
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