After a couple days of no internet we are finally back to the age of technology. It’s amazing to think about the days when we didn’t have a way for people to get in contact with us regardless of our location…and it’s wasn’t too long ago. How easy we forget.
So, as you can see from the title of this post, Jack will be going in to surgery in 4 days to have his ostomy takedown. For Jack’s previous surgeries and procedures, I was always a little eager because I know they were necessary for him to move forward and get better. With this surgery, I am so excited for this surgery because I know that it will make everyone in the family feel better. Jack will finally have a chance to get rid of his perpetual rash, Matt and I will no longer have to change a bag that has either displaced itself or has been peeled off by Jack, and Amber will not have to hear me freak out during the bag change.
The entire ostomy bag change is very stressful for me. Matt will sometimes tell a story of an event that happened when he and I first started dating. I was in my ‘third’ year of Nutrition Sciences at UC and I was sitting in the kitchen of my apartment looking through Martini’s Atlas of the Human Body. No illustrations here, just cadavers. The notable part is that I was enjoying a ham sandwich which Matt found appalling. And my favorite classes were when we were cutting something up. Gross. But here I am not doing any cutting, just cleaning a healthy portion of my son’s intestines and I can’t handle it. I guess it’s different when the visible organs are your son’s.
But, to update you all from the last post. Jack is doing very well. His bag is still falling off but not nearly as much as it did last tuesday. We are averaging our usual two bags a day and he is handling his feeds well. Now all we need is a pediatric visit for his pre-surgery physical.