Ryleigh’s surgery went really well. She is in her own room on 3R and continues to be well taken care of. Her surgery was 41/2 hours from start to finish. The surgeons shared that everything went as planned. The only little blip is that her hemoglobin counts had dropped this morning and so she had a blood transfusion right before surgery.
The key now for the next few days is pain management and getting her digestive system to compensate for not having a large intestine anymore. They are good at making her comfortable and helping her with the pain that she is feeling. She continues to be on the pump and helps control the amount of pain medication that she gets.
Her stomach looks amazing. The stoma is in but it will take a few days for the small intestine to compensate for the job the large intestine did. The large intestine absorbs all of the water the body takes in and so know the small intestine has to learn to do this for her.
All in all – this has been a positive day.