Saturday, December 18, 2010

Samuel Kenneth Finzer Update 75

Leyla and I are in total shock and in kind of a daze. Forgive me if this post is incoherent. Samuel had three days of vomiting a week and a half ago. We took him to the ER and they said that there is a really bad virus going around. After a shot for Nausea Samuel recovered and had about four days where he was feeling well. We had a wonderful birthday party for Samuel. This past Wednesday Samuel started vomiting again. On Friday morning he was bent over screaming in pain. Leyla took him to urgent care at 12:30pm. I arrived at 1:30pm. They determined that Samuel was dehydrated and sent us to the ER for a fluid IV. After several hours they took an X-Ray and determined that Samuel had re-herniated. A couple loops of intestine had gone up into the chest cavity. He had surgery at 8:30pm to put the intestine back into the abdomen and sew up the hole. They were finished about 12:15am. The surgery took several hours because of all the scar tissue from the previous re-herniation. (Samuel had his second re-herniation in April 2010.) This time they put a gortex patch in his diaphragm. Hopefully this will prevent future rips in the diaphragm. Samuel is in the hospital now. They have him on morphine for the pain and an anti-itch medicine for the side effect of the morphine. He is also on 1 liter of oxygen in a cannula. His lungs are fine but he just needed some extra oxygen after the surgery. He is running a temp and they are giving him Tylenol for that. Samuel isn't too happy since he also has an Nasal Gastric (NG) tube down his throat to take out the fluid that accumulated in his stomach during surgery. Samuel is out of the NICU and in a regular room at the hospital. He will be in here a week since they had to reopen the incision plus a little more.

We are living this verse today:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Thank God that the herniation was found before something worse happened.
Thank God that my work was let out early on Friday and I was able to be with Leyla.
Thank God that a surgeon was available to do the Surgery on the same day.
Thank God for Gary and Linda Fisher who stood by our side in the Operating waiting room.
Thank God that Leyla's mom is on vacation and is able to help with the girls.
Thank God that Leyla's uncle is coming for Christmas on Wednesday so we will have even more hands to help.
Thank God that there is no RSV going around and the kids can visit Samuel.

Thank you for your prayers.

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