Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shunt Revision

So the big news of the day is that Lewis will most likely need his first shunt revision in the morning. Dr. Foody did not like how slowly his shunt drained during the nuclear test. He also didn't see as much pooling at the end of the catheter as he would have liked. I think there is a night and day difference in the feel of his fontanel and in the swelling around his shunt. Dr. Foody will feel it in the morning and also do an ultrasound to determine if the surgery is necessary. He's booked an OR just in case. If surgery is necessary, he'll use the same incision sites and just replace the blocked portion of the shunt. We're praying for no surgery, but we'd rather just get it over with than bring home a baby with a blocked shunt. Shunt revisions are common and Dr. Foody has done too many to even count so Lewis will be in good hands.

I spent a good 5 or 6 hours holding Lewis today. He would nurse, fall asleep, nurse, fall asleep... it was great. I think he's kind of getting spoiled because sometimes he doesn't want to go to sleep in his bed now. That will change when we get home but while he has to be here, I'm going to shamelessly spoil him.

In preparation for the surgery, Lewis won't be able to eat after 3 am. The surgery could happen any time between 8:30 am and 11:00 am. I don't know if we've mentioned it before... but Lewis definitely lets you know when he's hungry... very loudly. So tomorrow morning should be interesting. Poor guy!

We'd really appreciate prayers for Lewis tonight. We always pray with him at his bedside while we're down with him. Tonight we made sure to tell him what a brave little guy he is. We told him that Jesus loves him and will always protect him and keep him safe. Our prayer is that he'll grow up knowing that.

Finally, we got some really cute pictures of Lewis tonight... so I'll leave you with those. Enjoy!

Lewis with his Daddy

Using his strong neck muscles to check out Dad... we love to see him from the front... we don't get that view very often!

Sleepy boy

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