For those of you who haven't read the other post yet, Sully is my sweet nephew and has had a whirlwind of health complications from the beginning.
On Thursday Sully had surgery #5. Here is the list of his surgeries (keep in mind he just turned 1 in February):
#1 Cleft Lip
#3 Nissen Wrap
#4 Cleft Palate
#5 Hiatal Hernia
When the doctors went in to fix the hernia they said that 1/3 of his stomach was up in his chest cavity. When the surgeon removed it the anesthesiologist said, "what did you do?!" (scaring the surgeon!), but the reason he asked is because when it was pulled back down Sully's stats improved greatly. Also, three out of the four stitches of his Nissen Wrap (the surgery completed to prevent him from throwing up) had come undone and one was hanging on by a thread. So, they redid the Nissen Wrap while they were in there for the hernia. The surgery went well and Sully is back to his cute smiley self.
However, we had hoped and prayed that fixing the hernia would prevent him from gagging. The reason Sully got the Nissen Wrap surgery in the first place was because he was throwing up all the time due to bad acid reflux and a high gag reflux. Basically what they do is wrap part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the individual from throwing up. There are a lot of kids and even adults that have the surgery and do fine. However, with his bad gagging, Sully basically blew through the surgery and it's probably also what caused the hernia as well.
As a family we are at our wits end in knowing what to do. Sully is still gagging and so fear of something happening again is very present. He can't just keep having surgery after surgery. We are in need of some major prayers being lifted up for Sullyboy. Pray for healing, peace and comfort for family especially for his mommy, daddy, and big brother, knowledge for the doctors, etc. Please pray for this sweet little boy...
...how could you not?
He has brought such joy to our lives and reminded us of God's greatness. We might not understand why things are the way they are but we have faith that God has used and will continue to use him for His glory.
Love you so much, Sullyboy.
P.S. Any encouraging comments appreciated!!