Katy made it through the surgery today. They removed a small section of her stomach, the part that was bleeding, and closed her stomach back up. They are hoping that will solve the continued bleeding problem. They inserted a feeding tube below the wound so that she could continue GI feeding and keep her tract stimulated. The doctors also gave her a NG tube to keep her stomach compressed. Apparently, when the stomach isn’t in use, it inflates with gas or air. By using the NG tube, they prevent the stomach from putting pressures on the repaired area.
Katy’s vital numbers looked the best they have in a week and a half! Her heartrate was below 100, her breathing was below 20, and her blood pressure was stable. She did not have a fever! It seems (at least preliminarily) that her elevated numbers might have been caused by this injury. Let’s hope that is the case.
The doctors were able to use an incision that was only a few inches long. They are taking precautions to prevent cross-contamination since the cut is in the vicinity of the necrotic area on her lower abdomen. They used antibiotics and a wrap to help prevent any germs from spreading. They are planning to debried or remove the two areas of necrotic tissue (lower stomach and left hip) Thursday or Friday…as long as Katy continues to do well.
I’m sorry not to write more, but I am in need of doing some apartment cleaning, laundry, and then maybe some sleep. I will write more tomorrow.
Love to all,