Joe and I are currently sitting in the NICU waiting room waiting for our little Annaleigh to come out of surgery. This afternoon Annaleigh had gastrografin enema to search for the reason behind her GI issues. The dye that was inserted during the enema stopped in her small intestine, indicating that there is some type of blockage there. The doctors and surgeon decided that they needed to perform a laparotemy (which essentially means that they are opening up her abdomen)to find the source of the blockage and correct it immediately. It all happened very quickly. She had the enema around 3:00 and by 4:15 they had decided to operate today. Joe and I went with Annaleigh down to the operating floor, where we spoke to the anestehsiologist and surgeon. Annaleigh will be put back on the ventilator for the procedure and be given anesthesia, pain killers and a paralytic to ensure that she does not move during the operation. They expect the procedure to take about an hour. The surgeon was very positive about the outcome of the surgery so we are trying to be too. We were given several possible scenarios for what they might find, but right now we're trying not to think too much about any of them and just hoping that they find something that can be easily corrected with no logn term effects to our little girl.
We'll update again soon, and as always we'd appreciate any good thoughts and prayers you'd like to send our way.