Diaphragm Surgery Tomorrow

Judah looking unimpressed with his new friend

Tomorrow morning around 7:30AM they will take Judah to have surgery on his diaphragm. In case you missed it, you can read this blog entry to find out why he needs this procedure. Technically, it’s called “Left Thoracotomy with Left Hemidiaphragm Plication”. (Good luck google-ing that.) He’ll undergo general anesthesia and then they will open his left side to do the operation. The procedure itself will take about an hour and a half and he’ll be gone from his bay for about three hours. Hopefully, by 11AM we should be able to see him again. There is significantly less risk with this operation, but risk nonetheless.

Judah has also been on Enfaport now since Friday, which is pretty harsh on the stomach and also makes for some major diaper rash. He has an extremely raw bottom from all the diaper changes. He has also been spitting up and throwing up his formula, so they reduced how much he’s getting. They have done an Upper GI study that showed everything was okay so we’re not sure if the problem is as simple as the formula being too harsh or if there is even a problem at all.

Today we talked with the surgeon about the possibility of putting in a G-Tube in tomorrow (as I mentioned in yesterday’s post). The surgeon said, “Not a chance.” It’s not that he doesn’t think he might need one, but that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to do both surgeries at the same time. So that was easy.

Please continue to pray for our Judah. Here are some specific requests:
– that he would be able to keep all his formula down tonight and that all stomach/digestion issues would cease
– that he handles the general anesthesia with no problems
– that God would be with the surgeons as they operate and it would be a textbook-perfect procedure with zero complications
– that he would recover quickly and be able to get the breathing tube out by the end of the week without complications

We are ultimately believing for complete healing in Judah’s body, but while we wait, we pray for the specifics.

We love you all so much! Thank you for praying and believing with us!

I will give a short update shortly after we hear back post-operation tomorrow.

Much love,
Nick & Liz

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