Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Surgery Date & Sundry

Here is Bridgette with her favorite new toy.

Here is Bridgette with her other favorite new toy. The Salt Lake Real donated the proceeds of our purchase to Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC) where Bri had her surgery.

And speaking of... today Bridgette went back to PCMC to visit with her surgeon Dr. Black. The first thing the technician did was weigh her. She came in at 21 lbs flat. I can only imagine that the scale rounded up, and also, that Bridgette was rounded out with some milk and a wet diaper because yesterday she only weighed 19 lbs 10 oz. Alright "only" is not the most accurate word (heavy baby), but I don't think she gained 1+ pounds in the last day.

She was pretty intimidated by the hospital and played her very serious / shy face all day. But she DID like the crinkly paper on the examination table.

Dr. Black said Bridgette can have her surgery any time. So, it was just a matter of coordinating schedules. Due to summer travel plans, etc., the first date that worked for both of us was July 14. Bridgette will be checked in July 13 for surgery prep, and she'll have her pull-thru the morning of the 14th. She'll be just over 1 year old. The open-abdominal surgery is expected to last between 3-4 hours. Dr. Black will do the pull-thru, remove her colon & non-functioning ileum, and close the ileostomy during the same surgery. She will be in the hospital about 5 days.

In other random news, we went up in the mountains this weekend. It was fun. The river was swollen from all the spring snowmelt, although it still looks like any old river unless you're familiar with its average height.


Anonymous said...

Is that an ace bandage I see wrapped around Bri's tummy in the hospital visit photos? So, the idea must have been a pretty good one. I was concerned that solution would not allow for enough expansion of the bag, but it seems you have found it workable. Yipee! Hopefully that problem is sol-ved, as Inspector Clouseau would say.

And I am so glad to hear that a surgery date has been set. Perhaps I can modify my travel plans in July to be able to stay a little longer in case you need some help at surgery time. But, more importantly, do you know anything about your surgery yet, Kelly? I definitely want to be there for yours and to help out after.

Was Dr. Black pleased with Bridgette's growth and development? Did he tell you any other specifics about the surgery, like, which pull-through procedure he plans to use? "Enquiring" minds want to know.


P.S. I like seeing Bri up on her knees like that, one step closer to pulling-up. And, maybe the ball will encourage her to crawl.

Anonymous said...

P.P.S. July 14th - just one day shy of the first anniversary of her original surgery and the creation of the ileostomy. Ileostomy life will end after 364 days.

Angela said...

YAY! A surgery date!!!!! Lord, keep everyone healthy for Bridgette's surgery.
We saw our surgeon today, Isabella has to have dilations until she stays dilated and then he will do the take down. So we might be looking at July or August for take down now.

Kel said...

Your questions Mom:

1) It is indeed an ace bandage wrapped around Bri. We found one (in our med cabinet, nonetheless) that is very short and wide, perfect for her. It is actually a pouch with a flap that is meant for carrying supplies. We have redirected its purpose. Sometimes we put her in double clothes instead, onesie and a dress, to prevent her from pulling off her bag.

2) I have no idea if/when I will be having my knee surgery.

3) Dr. Black didn't say whether he was pleased with Bridgette's growth. But he did seem pleased to see her.

4) The technical terms for her procedures: Duhamel Endorectal Pullthrough & Colectomy

Chelsea said...

All I have to say is that if I were carrying 20 pounds in a front carrier my spine would telescope. I heartily recommend a backpack. Go Babs!

Heidi said...


123 checkoutourfamily said...

It's got to be exciting to have a surgery date but probably makes you a little nervous especially with the recovery time.

We're coming up at the end of June through the 4th and then making our way back home. It would be great to see ya'll if you're around.

I'm jealous of the mountain hiking you got to do. Oh, I love Utah summers. I keep telling Matt if he can find a job that will allow us to spend our summers there, I'm game. :)

Jacqueline Miller said...

That's exciting to finally have a surgery date! And it will be so nice to have the ostomy closed - and that they're doing it all at once. (I was thinking the same thing about your front carrier - my back was hurting just looking at that, but definitely a good workout :)

Chelsea said...

Kel, we have a Kelty backpack and purchased the separate sunshade. I heartily recommend both!! Although we got ours used, rumor has it that crazy people sell theirs on Craig's list. There are about a million reasons I love our backpack, but I'm not going to tell you any of them. I'm going to make you come look at it so I can play with the Babs :)