This afternoon we met with one of the Surgeons that will be performing Braden's procedures tomorrow. He will undergo 3 different procedures to help correct his reflux. The day kicks off at 11am with a Fundoplication. This procedure consists of taken the upper part of the stomach that attaches to the esophagus and wrapping it around that lower esophagus to create a barrier to reduce the reflux. If you want to read more about this procedure, please type in the following web address (http://www.medicinenet.com/fundoplication/article.htm). Our second procedure after that will be a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy. This procedure will attach a tube into our tummy so that we can eat. The following link explains the full procedure (http://www.medicinenet.com/percutaneous_endoscopic_gastrostomy/article.htm). Lastly, we will have a Bronchoscopy. Simply put, they will insert a small camera into our throat and take a look around to see what everything looks like from the inside out. This procedure is explained in the link below (http://www.medicinenet.com/bronchoscopy/article.htm). All these will be under general anesthesia so recovery time will be 2-4 days and then from there it will depend on our stability as to when we go home.
So, in short tomorrow will be a landmark day in our small time here on earth. Keep the prayers going, you prayer warriors out there are making an impact.
PS. I have heard some people asking around about my post yesterday with regards to Braden having suffered some pre-delivery brain damage. Let me clarify by saying that the Drs have not confirmed nor denied this of happening, but it is certainly a cause for some of our problems. This will be something that we will continue to monitor as we develop. Sorry if some you felt that I indicated that this was a confirmed diagnosis.