Saturday, August 27, 2011

G-tube update

Today is Saturday and we are 3 days post surgery for Reagan's g-tube and fundoplication surgery.  For the most part it has been very smooth sailing with only one minor complication the evening after surgery and going into the next morning.

She was in a lot of pain on Wednesday night and awake for most of the evening from 11pm to 7am the next day.  The morphine was not working as a drip so the nurse gave her a bolus of morphine around 3am in hopes of relieving some of her pain.  I noticed around 5am that her breathing became more shallow, there sounded like there was some fluid in her lungs, and she was still in pain (very concerning after all the morphine she had been given).  I had no idea what was wrong but told the nurse that I was concerned and to call the doctor.  Long story short, it was not until 7am when we called the emergency response team that our concerns were taken seriously and there were about 15 nurses and doctors in her room that were very concerned that her oxygen levels were below 80% and was not increasing with them giving her oxygen.  It was scary for about 2 hours as everyone tried to figure out what was going on with her oxygen.  The x-ray of her lungs showed spots not filling with air properly so they gave her 2 bronchial treatments and she finally started to breath easier and started to rest.  We were able to take her off the oxygen later that evening.  Our assumption is that she had a bad reaction to the morphine and that it slowed her breathing down.

She slept most of the day Thursday and Thursday night and started feeling much better on Friday.  We started the first tube feedings on Friday afternoon and she has been tolerating them very well so it is likely that we will be able to go home on Monday!

Here is the first smile that she gave me on Friday morning:


  1. How incredibly scary to not be taken seriously at first! So glad she's doing better now though.

    What a beautiful picture!

  2. All of us in the PPCD classroom at Red Rock Ele have been reading the blog. We can't comment from school so I will from home.

    We are so glad to hear that you are OK and hope that you are at home now resting. We miss you and can't wait to see your smiling face at school. We have so much fun here and want to share it with you. Hope to see you soon!

    Ms. Debbie, Ms. Kay, Ms. Maria, Ms. Tammy