The big news is that long term, the surgeons are optimistic about Chris requiring a smaller amount of time than originally stated before his reconstruction of the small bowel and abdominal region will begin. The harder news is that it will likely be after Christmas. This means Christopher's diet will remain the IV food, ice chips, sips of water, and the occasional popsicle until the small bowel is healed. Christopher is heartbroken because of his love of all things edible, but he understands and is willing to do what it takes to help make a full recovery possible.
Short term, we are waiting to see if the stint is healing the tube in between his bladder and kidney. It is our prayer that this will be healed so Christopher can keep this kidney. His wound is healing, and will take time for surgeons to close safely. His body is healing really well, and doctors are constantly praising his drive to get up and walk, and continue to keep his body moving. He has all the nurses laughing, and has even picked up so much medical jargon that he will give them the change-over report. It's pretty funny. :) He will likely be in the hospital another month or so, and then he can begin to recover with the necessary care at home with me and the pups. :)
Thank you all for the prayers and messages! I've had a chance to meet a few of you in the community and always pass along the stories to Christopher - he smiles. We have a lot to smile about.
Throughout this journey, we have had the incredible opportunity to lean on God's people. For prayer, for meals, for positive conversations, etc.
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20)
We have no doubt that God has woven our story into so many lives, and that Jesus is elated to see so many come together in His name.
If I could shake your hand, give you a hug, or just raise up my hands and praise our God right beside you - it would be an honor for me. Thank you. Your stories are changing our lives.