Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Good Mini-Surgery

Sorry to leave you hanging on the last post; Noah's small surgery went well. All Noah had to do was fall asleep (sedation via IV). The surgeon was Dr. Sebastian, who assisted Dr. Hanley on Noah's unifocalization (total repair). Dr. Sebastian hopes he was able to fix this chest tube site so that the infection will go away and the bacteria that keeps showing up in Noah's blood (cultures) will cease.

They had to move another IV yesterday. I know Noah feels like a pin-cushion, and that's causing quite a bit of anxiety. He has blood drawn every morning (for the culture test) and then every afternoon (it seems), he has pain surrounding the IV - which forces a move back to the other arm. After the "bacteria war" is won, a more permanent IV will be installed that should alleviate pain and allow blood to be drawn without a needle.

Yesterday's procedure was originally planned for 1130am, but that slid to 1:30pm, so Noah had hunger pains for 6 hours. After it was over, he managed some small bits of food and juice, then by 8pm last night he was working on a McDonald's chocolate shake. You can't find many more concentrated calories than in one of those!

I returned to Georgia on the red-eye, so please continue to pray for Robin as she does "everything" in California, including most of the blog entries and info. Every encouraging comment, e-card, and USMail card are appreciated greatly. God Bless you.

Adam, for all the Spitlers

PS. Robin thinks Noah got a little more sleep last night than the 5 hours he's averaged earlier. Thanks for praying!


Blogger Sled Dawgs said...

I am glad the surgery went well. Robin I am praying for you and sweet little Noah. Know that you are not alone and that God is holding you and Noah through this entire experience. Thanks for the updates and helping me know how to better pray for you.

July 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Robin, I am praying for you as you are solo in California. I know God will give you the strength you need for each day. Praying also for Noah's continued recovery, the staph, and his anxiety. Thanks for updating the blog so we know how to pray. In Him, shelley

July 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

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