Brock Rocks

September 1, 2010

Post Surgery Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 12:16 pm

Thank you so much for praying for us.  We’re so thankful that God answered our specific requests and everything went smoothly yesterday.

The surgeon said Brock’s liver, spleen, and one kidney were still adhered to his stomach and it took some work to get the upper part of the stomach imobilized enough to do the fundo.  He said he’s never seen a kid whose belly was in that shape – at least not a kid who hadn’t had extensive abdominal surgeries.  We’re very thankful that God has given such a skilled and compassionate surgeon.

Brock did really well overnight.  He got pain medicine every 4 hours and slept through most of the night.  This morning he’s been sleeping on and off in my lap.  He’s had 15 ccs of pedialyte through his new tube and a few sips of water.  The plan is to start him on continuous feeds of pedialyte at a low rate and then to switch over to formula.

His new port is in place and working great as well.

[In case you’re confused – port: device under his skin in his chest that goes into a vein; used to deliver iv meds and fluids.  g-tube: the device that goes through the outside of his skin and into his stomach to deliver formula and oral medicine.]

We’re also waiting for a consult from the Infectious Disease doctors.  They’re the ones that decide when we can stop giving iv meds at home everyday (the antifungal Ambisome).  We know the fungal infection isn’t completely gone and of course we want to keep him on the ambisome as long as necessary – but doing that puts him at increased risk of blood infections, which you know we’ve had many of lately.  It’s a tough balancing act (as it seems most things are with Brock).  Pray for the doctors’ wisdom regarding stopping the antifungal.

In more exciting news, Brock’s been making great developmental strides lately.  His legs are getting stronger and stronger.  He can stand on them for longer periods of time and while only holding on to furniture with one hand.  He’s talking more and more also.  He can say go, done (as in ‘all done’), down, ta da! (thanks to one of the nurses up here), mama, and dada.  It’s so nice to finally hear him talk!

We’re so thankful for your continued prayers.  God is good!

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12 Comments »

  1. Hey J & V, We are grateful for the continued updates as we continue to pray and keep you all in our prayers. God is an amazing god and can do all things. We love you all and trust God for you all.

    Reese & Judy

    Comment by Reese & Judy — September 1, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  2. God is so good! I am excited that yesterday’s procedures went well and hopeful that the changes will drastically benefit Brock’s health and quality of life. I have heard nothing but great things from people at church – everyone’s excited to see Brock in the nursery some. He’s such a rock star!! I suppose Jaycie started school today, maybe – I hope she has an awesome day and you guys are juggling everything ok. Prayers continue – let me know if there something else I could do for you guys!

    -Crystal

    Comment by Crystal — September 1, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Thank you Father for letting this star shine so brightly as a symbol of Your love for us. Thank you for continuing to reveal your miracles to us even though we do not fully understand Your great plan. We are so inadequate as your children here on earth but we know that You are so awesome.
    Love to Brock and the family.

    Comment by Linda Heikkila — September 1, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  4. Thank you for the updates so we know how to pray for you. I am praying for Brock’s continued improvement but also that all of you remain strong in the Lord. Thank you, thank you for your witness through all this. Lifting prayers and sending love your way…

    Comment by Kim — September 1, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Wonderful! So glad to hear that he’s doing well after his surgery 🙂

    Comment by Kim Fulkerson — September 1, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  6. What great news, we do serve an AWESOME GOD… Praying that Brock will continue to do better everyday, one step at a time…

    Comment by linda — September 1, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  7. So thankful for a God who hears and answeres our prays. We will continue to pray for all of you. Love Norma

    Comment by Norma Mckinney — September 1, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  8. THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS! GOD CERTAINLY IS GOOD!
    WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR BROCK AND THE FAMILY!!

    Comment by ESMERALDA — September 1, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  9. I am thrilled to hear all the good news! It put a smile across my face knowing Brock is talking and getting stronger! Thank God for answering all the many prayers going up for you and your family daily. Thank you for your faithful updates. We will continue to support you in prayer as you battle on!
    Katie Niles

    Comment by Katie Niles — September 1, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  10. So glad to read that things went well. You are so right God is good!
    Still praying!

    Comment by Lou Ann Amstutz — September 1, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  11. So thankful!! And continuing to pray for sweet Brock.

    Comment by Susie — September 1, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  12. Awesome and AMEN!!!!

    Comment by Cindi Cartwright — September 6, 2010 @ 2:21 pm


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