It is a narrowing of the pylorus, the lower part of the stomach through which food and other stomach contents pass to enter the small intestine. The muscles of his pylorus have become enlarged and caused a narrowing within the pyloric channel to the point where food is prevented from emptying out of his stomach.
Jacob's condition has caused his stomach to be unable to process his feedings and medications properly. He has become bloated and vomits every several hours. At first doctors dismissed this as reflux. Jacob endured four painful and unsuccessful placings of the ND (nasoduodenum) tube by interventional radiology, but even the best radiologist couldn't get it correctly. Still all of the vomiting was believed to have been caused by his feedings entering his stomach. Now we know that his pylorus is the issue.
Today preparing Jacob for surgery was a different experience than his first surgery. First of all I wasn't there, as I was on my way up from home with Landon and Hazel after decorating for Christmas. Second, instead of parading down the hallway to the operating room, Debbie and Katy, walked with Jacob to a surgery pre-op unit. They met with the surgeon, anestheiologist, OR nurses, and said their goodbyes.
By the time I arrived at the hospital, Jacob's surgery was nearly complete. We were told that the surgery was over and we waited for what seemed like hours for the surgeon to come talk to us. Prior to surgery it was clear that Jacob would be going back to the NICU to be observed closely. After surgery, 3 of the 4 surgeons felt Jacob should continue on the plan for NICU, but the one, who happened to be the senior surgeon, said he would return to his room on the floor. Other than this news, were we happy with everything we were told about the procedure and future plans.
Katy was behind on her pumping so she returned to Jacob's room while Debbie and I went back to recovery to see Jacob. He was sleeping peacefully and recovering well. As we soaked in the moment and his adorable little body we noticed something that brought a smile to our face; Jacob's doctor had covered his extended incision with a Christmas Tree shaped bandage! Now that's something you probably won't see anywhere but at a children's hospital!
|Cuddles with Nana|