At midnight James awoke and when I picked him up I noticed he was soaked. What seemed to be almost the entire 3 oz from his last feeding had soaked through his onesie and sleeper and blanket. When I undressed him the acidic formula was pooled on his belly and as I wiped it up more came out, along with some fresh blood.
It was kinda gross - especially the smell, which is the smell of barf.
We cleaned him, cared for the g tube site, dessed him, and I gave him another 2 oz, which he then threw up all over.
So I cleaned myself and changed clothes while Travis did the same for James. And then I gave him a paci and put him to bed.
At 3am he was wet again.
At 6am he was wet again and crying hysterically. We didn't give him any more formula but Travis took him downstairs to watch the morning news and that calmed him down. Meanwhile I was on the phone with our family practitioner, who was probably regretting telling me that I could call him on his cell phone any time.
At 8:10am I finally got ahold of the surgeons office and was told to come on in. The magic words were "no wet diaper since 8:20 last night."
The problem? There tube had snaked down into James' belly and there was an extra 4 cm of it inside him. So the "balloon" at the end of the tube which holds it against the wall of the stomach was bobbing around on the sea of stomach acid. As soon as the CNP took the extra tube out James was happier.
And then, in a wonderful move, she took the tube out and replaced it with a button. The button snaps shut and lays pretty flat against James' belly. We can hook a tube up to it if we need to, but since we give him all his food via bottle and have been told how to give him his siezure medicine orally, we hopefully won't have to use it, and can get rid of it in 3 months or so.
For those of you who are in it for the long haul, would you please do me a favor and make a few prayer requests for me?
-Please pray that James will lose the button and be able to eat and drink normally for the rest of his life. (I've recently learned that some kids with neuro problems will stop eating suddenly years down the road.)
-Please pray that James never develops acid reflux. We are very afraid of that possible development.
-Please pray that his muscle tone will be normal.
-Please pray that his mind will work well, that he will be able to talk, think, read, write, and create at age appropriate levels.
-Lastly, please pray for me and Travis. We feel so overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge that we're supposed to retain, skills we're supposed to develop, and paperwork we're supposed to read through.
Thank you and God bless.