Samuel seemed to have a good day, with nothing major to report so just a brief blog tonight. He is taking my breast milk ok so far - that is he isn't throwing it up, and there seems to be some fecal matter coming out his stoma.... so we wait to see what the gastro team have to say about that and if the amount increases over the coming days. Because he is coping ok with breast milk, he has increased from 1 ml every 4 hours to every 2 hours.
Today he had an abdomen x-ray, which the surgical team requested prior to his surgery on Thursday. We will get the results of these tomorrow which we are interested in as he has a very bulbous stomach. At this stage they are hoping to do 2 procedures at once - the bladder surgery to directly drain his bladder without a catheter, and putting in a gastric tube - stomach tube to enable fluids/air to escape which will mean his oral/gastric tube can be removed.
He was unsettled last night and this morning, which they think was due to the morphine having worn off. But he did settle down enough for a cuddle (yeah!) and wriggling/crying could also be a good sign as at least he has the energy and ability to complain. And I would too with all the poking and proding he endures. He has a very hoarse cry as the intubation tube was in his throat for 6 days and would have been pressing on his vocal cords..... and he will need another one to go in again on Thursday for the operation.
This afternoon we took the girls for a walk to the beach (5 mins from home) with our very special friends the Cairns family living in Hong Kong but back in NZ for holiday. They were staying with us in Laos exactly 1 year ago so it's been lovely to have them stay in our little cottage near the beach and reconnect with people that have been to our 'part of the world' and understand the life we've left behind. We had a great evening catching up, reminiscing, watching the kids collecting shells together and enjoying a rare social evening with friends.