It was painful and she cried a LOT. I'll try to write more later when I have 2 hands. It sounds like the next couple of days may be challenging with leakage, dressings, etc. We would appreciate your continued prayers. (More specifics later.)
- Healing of her site with no infection or problems.
- Her skin - that it would not break down under the constant changing of tape and dressing.
- Wisdom in knowing if her leakage is "too much" and if/when to seek help if it is needed. (This would be a hospital trip.)
- Is it too much to ask that her site heal on her own without the need for further surgery? I really just want what is best.
- Wisdom on doing what is best for Eliana - including knowing when to change my plans in order to best care for her.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Please pray as you feel led for our family. I'm so very thankful that we are almost at the end of this chapter. I'll feel that it is complete once she is healed. I guess I hadn't really looked beyond getting it out until now.
Eliana fell asleep on the way home and had a short nap here. When she woke up, she was happy. She is smiling and seems herself. Thank you God! I'm planning to continue giving her pain meds today and as needed.
One other thing, Dr Rice asked if the g-tube had been worth it. Had it been helpful? Absolutely! She had enough damage and trauma from the NG that I don't think she would have learned how to eat without it coming out. Her progress was slow enough too that she needed the g-tube for a solid couple of months to help her maintain her weight and fluids.
I am thankful that we had this opportunity. I'm thankful that this was available and an option for our little girl. I'm thankful for Dr Rice (he is soooo nice!) and the many others that have cared for us. I'm grateful to the Great Physician who has held Eliana in His hands since long before we knew or loved her.
We are blessed beyond measure! Thank you for your prayers.