|Psalm 33:21 No wonder we are happy in the Lord! For we are trusting Him. We trust His holy name.|
|Purple Smurf character|
My little purple smurf also had another problem. His digestive system (which didn't work well to begin with) had a very difficult time waking up from the anesthesia. He wasn't able to urinate on his own, so they had to catheterize him. It took several days before he was able to urinate normally without assistance.
Another result of the surgery was the incision. The incision was a full length, "zipper" incision. It was not stitched closed all the way in order to allow the infection to leach out. A sterile gauze was used to pack the incision and absorb the infectious liquid that oozed from the wound. The gauze had to be changed regularly. It was a good thing that Christopher had adequate pain medication because this was a painful procedure. For the first several days the nurses had me leave the room when they were changing the gauze because the incision site was very shocking to look at. I know it was a good idea for me to wait in the hall. I'm glad I don't have any memories of my child with a full length incision exposing all his innards etched in my mind.
Christopher also had to have a NG tube placed down his nose and into his stomach again. This was to allow all the saliva, stomach acids, and bile to be continuously drained out. With his digestive track "out of order" things were really backing up. The NG tube allowed him to be more comfortable.
It's hard to imagine that with all this he could be comfortable at all! He was given pain medication around the clock, but it was easy to see that he was still in pain. He was hooked up to so many tubes, wires, and monitors that it was difficult to see my tiny, little purple smurf at all. I wasn't allowed to hold him for several days. It was just too painful to move him. He didn't cry much either. He just didn't seem to have the energy. What he did most was SLEEP! He was exhausted, and he just needed lots of sleep to help his body recover.
I took advantage of that fact to get some much needed rest myself. This whole thing had completely worn me out, and all my reserves had been depleted. Now that Christopher was in a "rest and recovery mode" I was able to breathe easier and rest more.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can pray like this: