So...the surgeon that has performed Riley's FOUR bowel surgeries plus 2 central line surgeries, thinks we need to take a "wait and watch" approach to this leakage. The fluid is better out than in, and its coming out. Right now, he hasn't run a fever since Thursday/early Friday morning and he looks well. Of course, he looked fantastic prior to his last surgery, which was done emergently, so we can't really go by how well Riley looks and acts. He's just tooooo tough. Something that would have a grown man doubled over in pain and calling 911, he sits and smiles through. Amazing.
Anyway, they want to wait and watch and draw some lab work on his to check his white cell counts, etc. They are leaning heavily towards the thought that this is likely content from his large intestine. It has a free end that was stitched closed, and had a metal clip put on it to help in locating it in the future. But the condition of this segment of his intestine when they went in Sept 10 was not optimal so it is highly likely that the stitches are leaking (what IS it with Riley and leaking?!?!). The content can also go downstream and come out his bottom, so it has 2 ways to leave the large intestine and there can't be THAT much in there anyway. So everyone's hope is it will leak until its all gone, and then be done.
So now, every diaper change is a dreaded event. How much stool is on the gauze pad covering his incision THIS time. Hopefully it will become less and less and then be gone.
he stood in his window and watched Life Flight come in for a landing
Playing in his crib and looking out the window
Looking outside at this:
Here he is gulping up some chicken broth. He LOVED it.