Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Surgery Went Well

Just a quick update:

Today's surgery went well. An incision about 1.5 cm long was made just to the right of his stomach, and from there Dr. Roden was able to gain access to his entire abdominal cavity. As it turns out, the meconium blockage is actually in the lower third of the small intestine, which is why the enemas were unable to produce much of a result (there is a sort of valve in between the small and large intestines which is designed to only permit flow in one direction). A slit was made in his small intestine just above the blockage, and within moments the distention above the blockage had been relieved. His ventilator settings were able to be turned down soon afterwards, so it's clear that the distention was indeed placing extra pressure on his lungs, and it's a good thing that it's now gone.

It's uncommon for a meconium blockage to form in a baby's small intestine, but it's not completely unheard of. If it happens in full-term babies, it can be an indicator of cystic fibrosis, but Truman has already been screened for that and it came back negative, so we're not too concerned about that issue. The physicians will now be able to try to move the blockage from both above and below, and hopefully the bowel will be cleared out over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we've been told to expect some water retention in his upper body over the next few days as a standard side effect of this surgery. Once that inflation subsides and he has begun to heal, we hope to start giving him some breast milk, possibly in the next 5 to 7 days.

Overall, the procedure went well and the physicians and nurses are encourgaged by the way he has responded to it thus far. Truman is still under heavy sedation and will most likely be unresponsive more the remainder of the day. We'll keep you all updated as we get the chance.

--Ben & Kara


Anonymous Megan from Ohio said...

Truman, you and your parents are troopers! Keep fighting every day and know that you are loved, not by just your family and friends, but people from all over!

3:29 PM  
Blogger cjzben said...

I am so glad that the surgery went well. That is great news, I am sending him speedy recovery vibes and hope that the blockage clears and you can start him on breastmilk soon.

I am continuing to think of you.
Claire (IV Preemies)

3:54 PM  
Anonymous JIll said...

I'm so happy that Truman did so well in surgery. He is a true fighter.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Thanks so much for updating today. He's been in my thoughts since I read about the surgery this morning, and I am so happy everything went well. Here's to a speedy recovery.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so glad to hear the surgery went well!! truman is a fighter that is for sure!
kainesmum dec exp board

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Truman!!!!

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Val & John said...

Ben & Kara, we have held you in our hearts and prayers today. We can only imagine how you feel after yet another part of the rollercoaster. We are still in North Carolina and are happy to be able to stay updated on Truman's progress. Love to you all !!
Val & John SoRelle

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Jason and Kerri said...

Some good news! Hope Truman has a nice recovery and rests well with the sedatives post op, so he can heal. As always, you are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Jason and Kerri

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that the surgery went well. Truman surely is one tough cookie! Many people are rooting for him and praying for him on a daily basis.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well. Hope everyone rests well tonight including Truman. He is a real fighter!!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the surgery went well. Try to get a good nights rest!! Your Truman is a real fighter!!

Betty H.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so glad that Truman did well with his surgery. You were in our thoughts and prayers all day. We love you guys! Keep going strong Truman!
Jason and Cinda

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will help you pray that Truman will continue to strive and beat all the odds. I also pray that Truman's brain bleeds will have little effect on him eventhough they said it was at a level IV.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Eustacia Green said...

Truman sweetie, hang on in there! You are doing great and fighting hard sweet boy! Know that there are many people learning of your story and lending their energies to getting you through.

Kara and Ben - You have a beautiful son, I will be thinking of you all and sending energies for Truman's health and strength as well as for you.

Stay Strong

Love, Light & Peace

Stacy Green
Shropshire, ENGLAND

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I'm very happy the surgery went well. What a strong little guy he is. Mom and Dad I know you are very proud of him.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to read that the surgery went well. Your little family is in my prayers.
Dionne Merriott (Jason Hammons' sister)

7:59 AM  
Anonymous The Kirklands said...

Hang in there Truman, Ben & Kara. We're pulling for you!!!!
Malcolm & Mary Ellen

12:43 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

WTG Truman.. Hang in there :)

3:45 PM  
Blogger Kris & Tammy said...

We are so glad to see that surgury went well this weekend and we are thinking of you all daily. You have such a strong little boy there Ben & Kara.

Keep up your spirits and our thoughs are with you.

Kris, Tammy and Andy

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Kara & Mighty Truman
I have been following your story for weeks now, and rejoice with your vistories, and cry with your set backs. I just wanted to let you know how many people know of Truman and his battle and are praying for the best. Your family is an inspiration. Keep your faith and heads held high. Truman is such an inspiration and a miracle. God's Blessings to all. Love and Prayers from Indiana.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Maritza said...

I am so glad Truman's surgery went well. Hope everything gets better for Truman and his parents. Alot of prayers to you all.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Abbie said...

Just wishing you all well and hoping Truman keeps up agains the odds. I cant imagine how diificult this must be for you both. Sending much love, prayers and good vibes across the ocean.
Abbie, 25 wks pregnant, Manchester England.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Melissa from Ohio said...

Keeping Truman in our prayers! Thank you for sharing him with us and keeping us updated. Truman is a fighter, and he will pull through this difficult time

2:19 PM  
Blogger christmasfairy said...

Hi , Im a mother from england who has followed your little boys astonishing progress and woudl just like to say, stay strong, your little one is a fighter and you are all an inspiration to everyone reading this, my little boy was 10 weeks early and at the time I thought it was the worst thing in the world, you are having 10 times more of the struggle and are handling the situation with dignity, calmness and serenity, I bow to you all and wish you all the luck and love in the world xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx pass some of the kisses on to Trueman

4:53 PM  

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