Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sweet Little Face

Baby Bridgette is back in our private hospital room now, sleeping off the remains of her anesthesia. She stirs occasionally and opens her eyes, but only for a moment. She is still getting oxygen, but all her vital signs look terrific.

This picture shows the old stoma site (sewn closed) and the top of the vertical incision Dr. Black made to remove the colon and stretch the ileum down for the pull-thru. Dr. Black said that the whole length of the ileum coils around a considerably shorter vein that feeds it, so his one concern from surgery was that he couldn't stretch the vein down long enough to reach her rectum. He will be watching the last inch of her ileum to be sure it heals correctly because it might not have good bloodflow. The other entry point for surgery was through her rectum where Dr. Black used a stapler to attach the ileum. She also has a new I.V. in her neck.

Here is Bridgette this morning pre-surgery. She's really been a pretty happy baby through it all. Her skin is naturally sensitive, so her cheek is red from the tape that kept her nose tube in. Right now she's got tape everywhere, so I'm guessing she'll have lots of red blotches when we go home in a few days.

Daddy and baby alternately read her new book and watched TV this morning. They were pretty darn cute.

We got to carry Bridgette down to surgery, and she took her new favorite snuggly toy. We know it's a Dr. Seuss character, but I took off the tag before reading which one. Anyone recognize it? We'd like to know it's real name. We think it's an odd looking little guy, but she LOVES it.

We met briefly with Dr. Richard Black, her primary surgeon, and Dr. Matt Clark, her anesthesiologist immediately before surgery. They were good to answer questions, tell us what to expect when she woke up (what tubes would be where, etc.) and Dr. Clark even carried her in instead of putting her in the bed.

I asked if she had a hard time when we left, and he replied, "I hope this doesn't bother you, but... no. She was fine. She snuggled into my shirt, and when I laid her on the bed, she just looked up at me, kind of like, 'Why did you set me down?'"

Here is Papa when Bridgette came back to the room, and he saw her for the first time without her stoma!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just mentioned to your Dad that I hope you do another post today. Thanks! Also I thought to myself that I wish I could see what Bridgette looks like now. So thanks again! I'm so glad everything went so well for our precious baby girl.

Lynn

Davina and Karla said...

So glad to hear that everything went well! She is such a trooper! If you guys need anything please let us know. We love you.

Chelsea said...

Kel, thanks so much for keeping us all updated. I (and many others) so love your sweet family. I wish I had something to offer to make this easier, but I'm coming up short. I'm looking forward to hearing about Babs' healing (and yours--I swear it's harder on the mommy) and for playing when you guys are up to it.

Angela said...

It's so good to see Bridgette! Look at those teeth! I'm glad things went well for her and I hope her ilium heals and function well. I will be praying for you these next few days. I think they were the hardest on me and Izzy. Keep the pictures coming. Oh and you are so lucky to have a private room! :-)

Brooke said...

She's such a trooper - and so are you! Thanks for keeping us posted. And I think it's wonderful that you're taking all those pics - I didn't take a single pic of Max's colostomy and just one during his pull-thru experience, and I really regret it. It's such a momentus time - but I was so freaked out it just never occurred to me. I hope recovery is going well!!

Lisa said...

Oh Kelly! I can only imagine what you are going through and I'm sure it doesn't do it justice. I'm pretty sure I would have been the "mommy baby" for every poke. My eyes water just thinking about it! I wish I could be there and give you hugs and more hugs. You're in my thoughts and prayers!

Rosemary T said...

Glad everything is going well. You're still in my prayers.
-RT

Anonymous said...

Looks good so far! What a sweetie!! Let us know if you need anything! Love you!!

paul and brenda

Miss Summerson said...

I'm glad everything went well! I hope you and your husband are recovering too from all of the stress and worry. Good luck these next few weeks -- your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Joy said...

So happy that all is looking well today hope all continues so. What a good little girl to have to do do well with everything!

Sarah said...

Precious girl. Let me know if you guys need anything - dinner, visit, etc. Love you guys!