Lucas always likes to have big events on Wednesdays. From the day we arrived at hospital, to his first big heart rate decelerations, to his pediatric surgery – all Wednesdays. Tomorrow is no exception. Tomorrow afternoon, we will try to get Lucas to drink for the first time. Unfortunately, it will not be breast milk, but rather an x-ray florescent like barium. The docs will then, in real time, watch his little esophagus glow, see how it looks, and see how it performs.
There are two key items they will be looking for. The first is leaks. If his esophagus leaks, test is over. We do nothing, wait another full week, and try the test again. If the repair still leaks a week from now, Lucas would probably end up with a G-tube until he was much, much older. So of course, we really don’t want any leaks! The second item they’ll look for is a stricture, especially at the anastomotic site (where they did the connection). This could require dilation, but I’m not sure when they would do that type of procedure.
So big prayers for Lucas’s big Wednesday tomorrow! No leaks!