Chedner is once again recovering from surgery. After our beach week, I brought him to the doctor for his post-op visit to get the hernia sites looked over. That all was great and he hasn't had any more troubles with the hernias. However, we reviewed the tests with the surgeon who believes that Chedner's intestinal problems would continue and there wasn't any way he could make it better for him. The sphincter muscles just aren't working. To help with his pain and on-going elimination struggles, the surgeon again recommended a colostomy. Although we have been very hestitant to go down this road so soon, we have decided that Chedner definitely deserves a rest from the daily pain he was having. So, on July 23rd, we again checked into the University of Virginia Children's Medical Center and the next day they performed an end colostomy. The first 36 hours were rough and he was knocked out thanks to morphine. He was in a great deal of pain, but by the third day, he seemed more comforable and we bungled through our first bag change. Now a week later, Ched is crawling around and playing with his toys. He is eating better and is no longer crying and fighting me when I empty his bag several times a day.
Thanks to everyone who has kept Chedner is their prayers. He is a sweet boy with a strong spirit. We are blessed to have him in our lives.