Owen had a fistula-gram (and I am pretty sure that is a made-up term.) I'm not exactly sure what the procedure was called, but I DO know the intent of it. Owen has a fistula, or opening, that created itself. Before he can begin any type of feeding, this fistula, as well as the small bile leak located somewhere in his intestines has to heal. The doctors wanted to find out where the fistula is coming from, and where it is going. So, as far as I could tell, they placed barium directly into the fistula and watched where it ended up. Again, I do not know the results of this test, and there have been no indications, good or bad, as to the results. So, I will keep everyone posted as soon as I found out.
As for Emmett's little hand that has been paralyzed, it is SLOWLY beginning to show signs of animation again, and I mean SLOWLY. He has a little more wrist control, and he can ever so slightly move his thumb and even less slightly his fingers. However, because this is most likely the result of a stretched nerve, an incredibly slow recovery is to be expected. The only surprise we encountered is that Emmett also has what is suspected to be Horner's Syndrome - damage to the nerve that controls the eye. In Emmett's case, it presents as a slightly constricted pupil, a droopy upper lid, and a 'squinty' lower lid. The word 'syndrome' has such a negative connotation that I would rather say that Emmett has a collection of symptoms...but that is exactly what syndrome means. I would like to extract any negative connotations. HA! If anyone can think of a good way to make this any MORE complicated, please let me know, because I think I did a fine job of it!!
The only other news that I can think of is that Ethan had ANOTHER asthma attack and we are now in the defensive stage of managing his asthma. He seems to be breathing a lot easier, and that is a huge comfort for both of us!
So here it is - The end.
3 Good Things:
1. Asthma meds!
2. Happy, playful, smiling babies!
3. The excitement of seeing my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and nieces from Scotland in a couple of weeks!! Can. Hardly. Wait!!!
4. Meeting some of Dave's family that I have never met before!
5. Ok...let me make this more simple... Seeing the entire Ezell side of the family for Thanksgiving!
Whew! I went a little overboard with the 3-good-things list...