Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wake up call from the hospital

We were awakened this morning by a call from the neonatologist, Dr. Redfield. Truman began destabilizing overnight. He's had to go back on blood pressure medication and up on his ventilator. Although xrays show that his bowel distention, or "loopiness," is a little better today, they have called in the surgeon for a consult on his bowel obstruction. Dr. Redfield said there is not anything else that can be done treatment-wise, short of surgery. They were willing to give him a little more time until he showed signs that he couldn't wait. He appears to have done that overnight.

We don't know if the surgeon will be by today or tomorrow for the consult, but we expect a procedure in the next few days. That procedure could involve either inserting some of dilation tool through the anus to widen the intestines to allow the blockage to pass or an incision in the abdomen and surgical removal of the blockage. Clearly we're hoping for the dilation procedure.

The scariest part about this complication is that it was not expected. It is not nearly so routine as the heart surgery or having blood pressure troubles, and the risk of infection setting in after an abdominal surgery (should he need one) is probably greater than anything he's faced previously.

--Ben & Kara


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman is in our prayers

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Widge/Kathy Stamback said...

Truman and both of you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Ben and Kara, Remember that little Truman is not only your son but is God's child as well. The Lord wants only good things for him and will work through the doctors to bring healing and wholeness. We love you and are praying for you, Kara and Truman. Peace

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

All of us on the December 2006 board at BabyCenter.com have been sending prayers your way. We wish you all the best, and hope that by December you will have your miracle baby at home in your arms. I believe in miracles, and am confident that Truman will be the greatest Christmas present that you will ever receive. God Bless you.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Come on Truman, you can do it! We all believe in you.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous tiffani said...

Truman continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. Although this seems like a rough obstacle, Truman has showed strength and determination, and I have no doubt he'll get through this with flying colors. Continue to keep us updated on your little troopers progress.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Eddie and Sue Hammons said...

When I read your post I thought about one of the experienced micro-premie parent's comment earlier about the nicu days being a roller coaster ride. We had hoped and prayed that your roller coaster ride would not have major drops, but looks like this is one of those!
We know Truman had lots of growing and developing yet to do when he was born--usually God guides this (without the parents being so aware of it) while still in the womb. We believe God is now guiding it with the doctors help and will give them, and you, wisdom in what to do.
We think of your little family often and pray continually for you.
Love-Sue Hammons

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben and Kara-

Truman is obviously a fighter and we know he is truly in God's big hands. We keep you constantly in our prayers along with the many doctors and health care givers. We love all of you!

becky and mike

2:57 PM  
Blogger Hazyamy said...

I'm from the Jan. 07 board at Baby center. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep fighting Truman.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Jason and Kerri said...

Ben, Kara, and Truman,
Stay strong! Our thoughts and prayers are always with you guys. God Bless little Truman! He is definately a trooper, and has defied the odds thus far. Praying this littlest Raider continues to do so.
Love, Jason and Kerri

3:16 PM  
Anonymous bonnie said...

Ben & Kara,
Just wanted to tell you that we are praying for your little guy. God has a very special purpose for his life. Keep trusting in His love for you and Truman.
God bless you!
Bonnie and Ray Ferguson from Carrollton, Texas and the January 2007 BabyCenter Board

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Malcolm & Mary Ellen said...

We just finished reading all of the postings (we finally got back to our computer!) and we wanted to tell all three of you (Ben, Kara, & Truman) how proud we are of you. The courage you have all shown is inspiring and we thank you for it. We pray for all of you and for continued improvement in Truman. Good luck with the surgery.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am from thr dec 2006 web board and including the three of you in our prayers. I am in the hospital at just 23 weeks and my cervix is totally effaced and 2cm dialated. i have been following trumans progress and have that good feeling he will make it. He is an inspiration! hold on truman!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Onjaleke said...

Hi I am here from Ivillage Dec. 06 EC just letting you know I am praying for your family. If you need anything please post. I am in Dallas and would like to bring lunch to you guys oneday. Please keep the faith...

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoping that Truman gets to feeling better. We just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you three. We send warm thoughts and wishes for dirty diapers. Let us know if you need anything...we are only a phone call away.
Jason and Cinda

11:50 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

i'm from the january 2007 board on babycenter.com and you're in all our prayers as well. i saw on here the december 2006 board too. your story is getting around, and there's SO many of us praying. keep your spirits up, we're all here rooting for you!!

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Keeping Truman and both of you in my prayers.

2:02 AM  

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