Elias is still uncomfortable and in a touch of pain from the surgery. We have not given any morphine since this morning. Valium has been the life saver today. He has napped and rested well and often through the day. The urinary catheter was removed late morning and that has helped tremendously to decrease some of his discomfort.
The surgeon came in early this afternoon to check on him. He was pleased with how his stomach looked (no swelling) and with Elias overall appearance. At this point we are just waiting for gas, stool, and/or both to pass. At that time they will evaluate when to begin his feeding. He commented again on the small and tight connection from the colostomy closure and his concern over proceeding too fast and causing damage.
Elias has given some smiles but generally just wants to be left alone right now. We can't blame him. He is on 3 different antibiotics too on top of not having eaten anything since 1030am Sunday morning. All in all though recovery is progressing nicely albeit slow going. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers of support.
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