"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Post Surgery Update

Her surgery was 3+ hours. The doctor came and spoke to us and drew an illustration of what had happened. They scoped her first and did not see the blockage, so they had to do an open procedure to further investigate what was going on. They found a blockage - her bowel was attached by adhesions to her abdominal wall where they made the initial incision where they had removed the stomach, eventually causing it to totally cut off movement in the intestines. Fluids were building up and they removed 1-1/2 liters of fluid off of her. Because of the blockage, it caused the esophagus and small bowel to dilate which caused the area where they stitched the lower end of her bowel to the esophagus to slightly perforate, leaving a small leak. They repaired that with stitches and reinforced with a fat pad to help reinforce the area. They had to remove the feeding tube and place it on the other side of her abdominal wall and they put in a drain to help keep the pressure and fluid off of her intestines. She will not be able to take anything by mouth for quite a while as everything needs to calm down and heal. She also aspirated a small amount of fluids into her lungs so she had to be put on a ventilator to help her breathe. She will probably be on this for a few days and will be in the ICU. Due to the ventilator, they are limiting visitors to family only for now. She cannot receive flowers while she is there either. This will set her back a bit on starting her chemo until she has recuperated and built her system back up.
- Aunt Barb


  1. Thanks so much for keeping us updated. We are lifting Kerry up in our prayers for sure and all the family. This was/is quite the unexpected turn for her, but thankfully they have taken the necessary measures to correct the post op problems. We are also hoping she is able to have the pain under control now as well. Remember baby steps can get you to the same destination as one big leap!! Stay strong in your faith, God is there, Much love and encouragement, Terry& Luan and kids

  2. You are all precious--So thankful Kerry has such support. We are praying for Kerry and the family. Thankful that she knows God is with her each step of the way, hopeful her pain is and remains under control, and trusting that her healing will move along in His timing. Kerry, we love you and know your strength, His Strength, your love, your family's and friends' love, His Love, will see you through this. His Blessings always, Helene, Greg, N, N, E. & N

  3. We are very distressed to read of your relapse, and pray that you will recover soon. God bless you.


    W, D and B

  4. Im sorry to hear your mom had a set back. In another update you said your mom has to have chemo I thought they got all of the cancer. My mom has kidney cancer and is doing cheom next week will be her 3th week of doing it. This is still very new to me and I have been having a hard time. I pray for your mom to get better soon.



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