The Gavin Chronicles, December 18, 2008

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Good Morning....

Well we are happy to report that surgery is over and it was a success. The surgeon was pleased with how things went back together and said he expects that Gavin will have no long term effects from this. It is so nice to see our little guy with no plastic bag attached to his belly.

As of this morning Gavin is still on the ventilator but they are weaning his settings trying to encourage him to breath more on his own. He is on very little oxygen support. He will remain on orders for nothing by mouth until they see some secretions come out the other end. At that point they will begin feeding him nipple feedings like he was receiving prior to surgery. His job then is to learn to nipple all of his feedings so that he can come home. Gavin gained a bit of weight last night and weighed in at 4lb 15oz. It is most likely that he will retain fluids from surgery and they will once again have to give him lasix to drain it off.

At this point, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is not a really is the light of day. We suspect Gavin will be home in 2-3 weeks if all goes as planned. The reality of bringing him home soon has not yet hit.....and we think it really wont be a reality until we are filled with sleepless nights......but we are so excited for sleepless nights at this point.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers for Gavin and surgery yesterday. We appreciate all that each and every one of you have done for us. Please continue to pray that recovery would go well and Gavin will be home soon.

I have included a few pictures from before and a picture of Gavin post surgery yesterday. He is pretty puffy looking.....the ventilator doesn't make him look very good. We will update with more information as we have it.

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