Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Surgery Update...

Gavin went back to the OR around 1:30. Adam and I are feeling ok but my nerves are jumping. He was heavily sedated when we left so there was not crying and he was not scared, which makes me feel better. We expect the surgery to be several hours. I'll try to update as I hear from the docs.


***3:00 Update
: They are attempting to do the enterectomy via laproscopy with six incisions. The laproscope is in and they are beginning to tie off the blood supply down at the colon and work their way back up. He is doing well. There is a chance that they will need to open him up, but we are hoping to avoid that.


***4:15 Update:
Gavin's large bowel and part of the small bowel is out. They still need to take out the colon, gallbladder, make the jejuntostomy and then place a new femoral line. They are thinking we have at least two more hours. Thanks for your prayers. If they are able to pull this entire thing off using the laproscopy it will be amazing! Thank you Lord for technology.


***5:00 Update:
Gavin is doing great! All the intestines are out and they are currently working on the colon. They were able to do all the "cutting" or resection of the bowel outside his body, which drastically drops the risk of sepsis after surgery. We are all feeling pretty good, just ready for this to be over. This is great therapy for me to process everything they come out and tell me -- and is passes by some time. Looks like we still have 2 hours to go. Can't wait to see my little boy!


***6:30 Update:
Oh that colon! Seems to be giving them a hassle -- might be a little longer, still have quite a bit of work to do. They say he is still doing great! I think we may try to grab some dinner soon, we'll see if my nerves actually allow me to eat it.


***7:30 Update:
Gavin's colon is now completely out and they are working on the gallbladder. I was told this portion takes about an hour. After the galbladder they will pull the jejunostomy out through one of the laproscopic incisions and then rewire his fem line. We are getting very tired. Almost done.


***8:30 Update:
Seven hours later and Gavin is done!!!! They are in the process of placing an epidural type form of pain control. We will be headed to the ICU and I will be sure to update in the morning. We thank you from the bottom of our heart for the prayers and support you have given us.

64 comments:

Kelsey A. Lowrance said...

Thanks for the update, Karen! Praying for your family!

Anonymous said...

My nerves are jumping, too. Please, God, give this family a break! Give Gavin's body a break! I'm praying for your miracle, Karen. I believe it's possible.

Anonymous said...

ps...I forgot to sign my name! It's kate here...believing in your miracle! :-)

Shan said...

Gavin, you both, your family are in my prayers, as are the doctors, nurses and entire team

Holly said...

Saying a pray for Gavin and your family.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family!!

The Brensingers said...

We have Gavin and your entire family in our prayers!

Angela said...

Praying......

carrie-anne said...

our hearts are full...we are all praying...

Lori Anne said...

Praying too.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Thank you for the update. We are praying :)

Lisa and Michael said...

Thanks for the update... we are praying!!! We are praying for Gavin, the whole family and the team of doctors/nurses. We love you!

Lora B said...

Travis sent me over, and I wanted to let you know I am praying for you guys!

Anonymous said...

IN MY THOUGHTS AND LOTS OF PRAYERS FOR GAVIN, YOUR FAMILY AND THE ENTIRE MEDICAL TEAM THAT HAS GAVIN IN THEIR HANDS! GOD BE WITH YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!! DEBI

Jason & Deb O'Connor said...

Our thought are with you and Gavin today. Hoping that the surgery goes well and will bring both Gavin and you a little relief.

jennifer said...

Amen, Karen! Technology IS a wonderful thing. Thanks for the updates during such a trying time. Praying the Lord keeps the doctors able, Gavin safe and your family at peace!!

grey like snuffie said...

Good to hear updates..been thinking and praying for all throughout the day.

Jennifer said...

I remember how nerve-wracking it was watching my kids go in for "routine" things like ear tubes & tonsillectomies. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling right now! Praying for the doctors' and nurses'hands to be sure and steady; for peace, calm & strength to sustain you, and for a miracle for precious Gavin!

danielle said...

My thoughts, prayers and tears are with Gavin, and your family. This is a beautiful site with amazing photos.

Linlee said...

Just started following your blog. Praying for you and your family!

Erin said...

You all remain in my thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to update your readers. That you are able to take time for us during this time amazes me.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for Gavin and your whole family! The Landises

Anonymous said...

We are praying and hoping this is Gavin's miracle.

Thanks for the update. We are thinking of all of you.....

hugs,
Sandra, Tony & Anthony

Wendy said...

Thank you for the updates Karen! We will keep sending prayers for everyone!

Heather said...

Let's pray for amazing.Gavin deserves no less.What a blessing that would be as far as recovery for the little guy.Hope you are holding up.Thinking and praying for you and on a side,so not important note ... package went out today .. finally.will check back in a bit.Peace to you my friends.

Jennifer said...

Wow! Sending love and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that Ive been thinking/praying for gavi all afternoon! I really hope this will give you all a break... expecially lil gavin!

Melissa

Michelle said...

Thanks for the updates- you're incredible! Still praying you through! We love you- the Seymour Family

Jodi R said...

Karen, we've been thinking of you all day, sending more prayers for all of you!

Cindy said...

I have been thinking and praying for you guys all day! I put a sticky note on my computer screen at work that said 'Gavin' with smiley face so each time I looked at it I would send up a prayer. I am so glad to hear that he is doing good and that the surgery is almost over.

Anonymous said...

Wow, seems like the prayers have all been working! Thank goodness for the laproscopy, the poor thing has had enough infections to last him awhile. Will continue to send prayers your way and hope that this is the new start for all of you. Hope your grandmom is ok too.
Eileen

Nicole, Drew, Jack, Megan, Sophie, and Lucy too said...

So happy to hear that things are going well, we are praying for things to contiue going well! My nerves have been jumpy all day for your family, I can't even imagine how you are handeling all of this.

All the Marletts

3saints said...

I've been checking your blog all day..thank you so much for updating. Sending you strength and support...

Warmly
Kate

Shari said...

Thanks for updating Karen. I continue to pray and remember you throughout the day. For Gavin, you and Adam and the medical team.

Cindy said...
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Cindy said...

God be with those surgeons!

carrie-anne said...

thanks for taking time to update us throughout the day. still praying...

bryan said...

Great to hear that it has gone so well so far. Continued Prayers for the completion of the surgery and recovery. God be with Adam, Karen, Madison and especially Gavin.

blairspage said...

Thanks for giving us updates! I've been praying and praying for him all day! I hope everything goes smooth for the remainder of the surgery!

Big Hugs - Tiffany

Anonymous said...

What a long day for you...I'm glad they are almost done! I've been thinking positive and praying all day. I have Gavin's whole CaringBridge praying along with me. Hope you're all hanging in there...
kate.

Deb Wilcox said...

Praying for Gavin

Wendy said...

Thank you for all of your updates. I am so relieved everything went so well. I hope all of you have a restful evening and will look forward to your update in the morning. Take care and hugs to all.

Anonymous said...

i cant even put into words how excited i am...i'm crying!
REST and REJOICE!!!!
dawn

Anonymous said...

Whew- that was one long day! So happy to read all is well so far! I am so relieved it is over and now a new beginning! Be blessed w/ sweet sleep!

Nicole, Drew, Jack, Megan, Sophie, and Lucy too said...

So happy to hear that the surgery is over. We are praying for a "good" night for Gavin and the rest of your family. We are still praying!

All the Marletts

Anonymous said...

Been praying for you guys throughout the day. Praying you have a peaceful and restful night. Jessica

Lovell said...

Praise God!! Thank you for the updates. We are looking forward to hearing more good news of a quick recovery. We will continue to keep him in prayer. Give him kisses from us!

Cindy said...

Thank you God!!! I hope you are able to get some rest tonight.

Heather Nicole said...

We are so relieved to hear that Gavi is out of surgery and doing well! Try and get some sleep tonight. We love you all. Heather & Jeff

ISO (In search of) said...

Praying for you all and for no feelings of pain for sweet Gavin. Bless you all. May God give you sweet and peaceful rest.

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of you all and praying. Thank you for the updates.
Deb S. CT

Anonymous said...

Praise God his surgery is over. Hope you can rest and sleep tonight. Look forward to hear updates tomorrow. Love you guys! -- Moses'

Susan Hart said...

We're praying for you, your family and especially Gavin! Thank you for the updates!

Anonymous said...

The owens family was in my prayers today....so glad the surgery went well!....Now we leave it up to Gavy. He is your miracle! Can't wait to come visit tomorrow....love, Suzanne ;)

Suzanne said...

The owens family was in my prayers today....so glad the surgery went well!....Now we leave it up to Gavy. He is your miracle! Can't wait to come visit tomorrow....love, Suzanne ;)

Chelle Cates said...

Glad to see your update! we are still here and praying for a quiet night and lots of rest for Gavin. What an amazing little man!

Junior said...

keeping Gavin and your family in our prayers.

Reagan Leigh said...

So glad to hear that everything went smoothly (albeit long). Continuing to send prayers your way!

Anonymous said...

We will continue to pray!

Rusty, Teri and Josh

Lindsey said...

This is amazing!! What a great God we serve. I couldn't wait to get to my computer tonight to "check" on Gavin. We have been praying. Try to get some rest tonight if you can :)!

Heather said...

Our prayers continue for Gavin tonight, as he begins the next step to recovery.We hope he rests peacefully tonight.And you guys too ..if you can.Hopefully exhaustion will win out.Love from California.

Anonymous said...

I have followed your story since introduced by Heather who was introduced to me by...who was introduced by them and then by... What an amazing, extraordinary group of supporting families. I've never had a child, only greatly loved pets, my "children." But my heart and spirit are there with you daily, sometimes hourly and by the minute. I was one of those very young ones they couldn't even diagnose. Last rights and all.

Now, raise your spirits. I'm 53, I'm relatively healthy. When I was 50 they took out part of my colon due to a base colonoscopy result having nothing to do with childhood illness, but that was a blessing.

A friend of my family's baby had a similar procedure done to Gavin's, 40 years ago, and he's doing OK as an adult. Married and happy. What a beautiful boy he is.

Be patient, try to get rest, love your family and know how many do. Gavin is over a huge hurdle and has no direction to go but...UP UP UP. If I could, I would be there with lunch and dinners, and share in his being better every day.

Sorry I can only wish you love and support.

CB

britta said...

Sooo glad to hear how well today went! :-)

Love to gavin and your family!

Misty said...

i have been checking in all day! praying for Gavin always!

misty