Friday, March 21, 2008

Noah's big adventure...sort of

As much as I hoped for it to be a smooth and quiet weekend while Josh is Baltimore, it wasn't meant to be.

Shortly after I posted on the blog yesterday morning, Noah's g-tube button came out.  I guess my instincts were right about it being a little loose!  I knew this could happen, but the timing of it was awful.  His surgery was so recent (2/14) that there was a real danger of the hole closing and I had none of the means or instruction to replace the button.  So, it was into the car with Josh's mom to the emergency room at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  

Five hours later we only had a temporary fix.  The hole had closed enough during our trek to Birmingham (it is about an hour away) that they couldn't simply put in a new button.  Instead, they inserted a foley tube with a slightly smaller diameter and taped it in place.  We will have to use this to stretch the hole a little bit and see what the pediatric surgeon says at our appointment on Monday.  This is less than ideal as the foley is long and easy for Noah to grab.  It also can slide further into his stomach and the balloon at the inside end could block his esophagus.  Needless to say, I will be a little on edge until the button is back in.  

In the midst of all of this, they had to use some contrast solution under an X-ray to see if the foley tube was in the correct position.  Noah hadn't had anything to eat since 7am that morning and his stomach was not a fan of them injecting this nasty stuff into him.  So he proceeded to heave it all up... no fun for anyone involved.  We returned home, exhausted.

Today has been much, much brighter.  We went to our first appointment this morning with our new pediatrician, Dr. Evans.  I loved her and Noah must have as well because he flirted with her like crazy!  I am excited to have this piece of the puzzle in place.

I read this passage in my devotional a few weeks ago, but I keep coming back to it because it so clearly applies to my life right now and is what I am clinging to this weekend:

Let Me help you through this day.  The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle alone.  You are keenly aware of your helplessness in the scheme of events you face.  The awareness opens up a choice to doggedly go it alone or to walk with Me in humble steps of dependence.  Actually, this choice is continually before you, but difficulties highlight the decision-making process.  So, consider it all joy whenever you are enveloped in various trials.  These are gifts from Me, reminding you to rely on Me alone.
(James 1:2-3)

1 comment:

The Locke Family said...

Oh Deb. Hang in there! We are praying for you guys!


The Lauer Family