Monday, December 14, 2009

Andrew Update

He has to keep this bandage on and dry for 5 days. Just 5 hours has already been quite a challenge!

Andrew is such a trooper and I'm SO proud of him! He was very brave today and that was an answer to prayer! Everything went as smoothly as possible and Andrew had no respiratory problems after waking up from anesthesia like he did after his CT, Praise God!

The procedure took a little over an hour an a half and they admitted him to a room afterwards for observation. He slept for a long time, snoring loudly and waking every so often to thrash around and pull on his lines. He had a bit of trouble sensory-wise coming out of anesthesia and couldn't tolerate anything touching his skin. He ripped his pulse ox off and then jerked out his IV and tried to tear off the bandage on his neck but finally relaxed some.

They removed three lymph nodes from his neck for biopsy and this is probably causing him the most discomfort right now. We will find out the results in about a week, so please continue to pray that comes back normal. They removed his ear tubes which were clogged up, cleaned them and his ears out real good and then put the tubes back in so hopefully he won't have any more bad ear infections. During the scope they noticed a lot of junky fluid in his lungs so they took a sample to culture to make sure he doesn't have pneumonia but it's probably just his leaky preemie lungs.

The scopes revealed that he has a Paralyzed Left Vocal cord, which was probably damaged during his PDA ligation surgery on his second day of life. They will do another scope next week in the office while he's awake to watch both cords while he is awake and crying/talking. This won't be pleasant, poor baby.

Andrew is VERY fortunate that this is not impacting his voice at all which is unusual. Another example of God's grace as his right cord is completely picking up all the slack here and compensating for this issue, but his swallowing of liquids is impacted.

Another interesting finding is that his trachea is narrowed and mishapen. Your windpipe should be round but his is heart shaped and has some scarring. This is damage that was caused by being on the ventilator for so long.

These two things are the cause of his stridor/retractions so he will have to have special care and precautions taken anytime he has anesthesia or respiratory illnesses in the future.

After a few hours of observation they decided Andrew was doing great and sent us on our way. He spent most of the afternoon snuggling and sleeping with Mama in my bed. He's complained about his neck and we are giving him meds to help with that.

THANK YOU for remembering our little guy in your prayers today!!


Dabney 11 said...

Oh Lindsey, it just breaks my heart. We are praying for precious Andrew. Will he still have his procedure on Wednesday? Love you.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for a speedy recovery! He is such a sweet little angel!
Why did he have to have them removed?
Many Prayers!

Emma, Georgia, Erica & Daniel said...

Aww, he is SO brave and so are YOU!! Prayers your way always!!

Anonymous said...

You know it's a good thing he's so young...he doesn't have a clue what's going to happen and hopefully he'll forget about it quickly after it's over. You DO know what's going to happen...will you be in the room with him? Am thinkin' it's going to be a lot harder on you!
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Kierstyn said...

I'm continually encouraged, amazed, and so thankful for you and your boys!! God's goodness is so evident.

Praying for the results of the biopsy.

Whitney said...

So glad to hear he did so great! Still sending lots of prayers your way. Good luck with recovery.

AKat said...

I can't imagine how hard this is for you and Kenny. What a brave boy Andrew is! And yet your story time and time again points to the Lord's mighty hands. I hate y'all are going through all of this and pray for a quick recovery for Andrew, but also look at that highlighter-sized baby boy and cannot believe that's the same child. Y'all are in my prayers, Lindsey!