Tyler has had a rough week. He's pretty much been sleeping since his surgery last Thursday. He wasn't breathing deeply enough and his carbon dioxide levels were too high. So, they put him back on the cpap (not the ventilator, but the step down that helps wean him off of the ventilator.). Michelle knew something wasn't right the other night, with his breathing, and alerted the doctors and the nurses. They caught it in time (way to go mom!) to prevent him from having to go back on the ventilator, but he's still not happy about being on this thing.
He had another surgery Christmas morning. They cinched his stomach again and drained some fluid from his lungs. They feel that they cannot pull his stomach together any more. So, tomorrow, they are planning to put a mesh in his stomach. They said it's a very painful surgery and so he will be put under and have an epidural for the pain. The next 5-7 days after the surgery will bring him a lot of pain as well.
I wish I could be bringing you more uplifting news, but this is the reality of it for now. Tyler has now been in the ICU for nearly 3 months, at UofM for 4 of those weeks already. This battle is much longer and much harder than any of us had anticipated that it would be, but we're continuing to take 1 day at a time.
Please pray for a successful surgery tomorrow and for Tyler's pain levels as he heals. Also continue to pray that he will be a favorable candidate for one of these cancer trials, as he will be embarking on that battle after his stomach heals.