So Ava got out of surgery about an hour ago. We waited for her the last hour in her room in PICU. (room 15) They brought her in and wow it hit me again that she is very sick. I don't think a mother can ever get used to her child being hooked up to so many wires and tubes.
Her heart rate started climbing so they gave her more pain medicine. Right now she has an epideral. She is also on Fentnyl and Versed. The surgeon said all went very well. They had 4 sections of her bowel that had to be repaired. One spot was very narrow and had to be removed and the intestines had to be sown back together. Her belly was tight so they decided that the ventilator needed to be left in because of possible swelling of her insides, that might cause difficulty breathing. She is already fighting the sedation. Her eyes can open three times and she keeps trying to cough. Her tongue is also moving around a lot. They want her to rest well today and tonight.
I don't have the hospital laptop yet so I can't post pictures. I know I'm sorry. It would break your heart though. She is such a fighter and is giving it all she has got!
Thanks so much for all the wonderful supportive messages. I cry reading them every time. It gives me the extra boost I need to get through this very difficult time.
So right now she is stable.
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