So the Dr. didn’t seem hopeful, but I am.
She said she searched the entire intestine and only found two areas that were kind of swollen on the outside. One was at the sight of the last surgery that removed the dead part of intestine (you can read about that surgery here).
She made a small incision in both swollen areas and looked inside. The inside looked “pristine” and healthy. She didn’t think it’s likely that is where blood (especially THAT much blood) could have come from. But it was the only area that looked even slightly abnormal and since she had made incisions on either side of it, she went ahead and removed it, hoping that she has removed the problem. She removed 9cm. On his last surgery they removed 12cm and I don’t know how much was lost with the first surgery.
There is a lingering fear deep within me that he will lose more as they search for what is wrong and that eventually he won’t have enough left to work. That is really my worst fear.
But I have this deep deep feeling in my heart that this is over. I believe he is already healed, that’s why she couldn’t find anything wrong.
It sucks that already he’ll have to grow up without all that intestine that’s already been removed (plus, the surgeon said both she and the last surgeon thought he was born with an abnormally short intestine). I wonder what nutritional hurdles we will have to overcome because of that- but one thing at a time right?
I am absolutely blown away by the amazing amount of support we received and I’m pretty sure at least 100 people were praying during his surgery! A friend gave me a list of scripture about healing and overcoming fear and it was my comfort for the three excruciating hours we waited. At the beginning of the surgery I was more afraid than I have ever been in my life and after three hours in scripture I was more sure than I have been in years of the promises God has made me.
I posted these verses on Facebook because they really hit home:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 53: 4-5 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
2 Tim 1:7 “For God did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
These two especially:
Isaiah 54:10 ” ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
2 Tim 1:12 “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”
Levi is now resting deeply (on fentanyl) and recovering and even my older son Jayden is (finally) sound asleep.
Sorry for the graininess in some of the pictures below. I didn’t want to turn the lights on in Levi’s room and wake him up so the lighting wasn’t quite good enough for my phone.