The babies have encountered a lot of bumps in their road to recovery this week. I'm not sure if these are major or minor setbacks, but I AM sure that I will see my boys through them! So let me start at the beginning.
Emmett has been on tube feedings of breast-milk for a week or so. Unfortunately, he has been vomiting 2-4 times per shift, AND they have been drawing more OUT of his stomach than what has been going in. What this means is that his gallbladder is producing bile and introducing it into his stomach, and his liver is producing the secretions needed for digestion, but the mixture of milk, bile, and secretions are not traveling through the intestines. Emmett had an abdominal sonogram that verified that the reconstructed portion of his bowels has not awakened or is simply not participating in the peristaltic wave. It's like the section of fans in the bleachers at a football game refusing to do the wave - just refusing to be team players. The culprit of this problem has not been determined. It may be (as was mentioned earlier) that his bowels have not yet awakened from surgery, it may be that this section needs to heal, or it may be that the narcotics used for pain management are suppressing the peristaltic wave. Or it may be something else entirely. Currently, the plan is to allow time for healing, and try feedings again in a few weeks.