As my former high school baseball coach always said, "somedays you win, somedays you lose and somedays it rains." Well today, Zander won! The connection site of the esophagus has no leaks whatsoever. I never thought that the words, no leakage at all would make me cry (not at least until I am in my elder years), but those were the best two words I heard all day. God, as always showed up today and the prayers and concerns of all were heard.
As you can see above, he no longer has the tube through his nostril and it appears that Dr. Kelley will be removing the chest tube at some point this evening. The only two tubes that he will have left, assuming all goes well, will be the G-tube (for feeding) and the central line (for continued TPN/IV liquids).
Tonight, Dr. Kelley and the neonatologist will also discuss Zander's feeding. Hopefully he will be able to begin oral feedings on a limited basis in the coming days. We will know more tomorrow.
At this point, Zander still has excessive reflux, so the plan of attack and any timelines are still up in the air. He rested well today and he still eats well, but, we will wait to see what Dr. Kelley suggests tonight.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Your prayers and posts have hit a home run for the Zman. Bert, got your card again today. Give me a call at the office or on my cell, and I will be more than glad to meet you at the hospital for a visit with Zander. Your prayers have been to say the least, beautiful.
Christie and I want to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks to everyone. Zman still has a way to go, but whatever everyone is doing, please keep doing it. Praise God for our son and his fighting spirit. We love you all.
Sweet dreams boys...Rest easy Zman. Two tubes to go!